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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
, Winnipeg, is again presenting the Summer Institute — an opportunity for artists and creative practitioners from a variety of fields and creative practices. (Application Deadline: April 6).

This year, the Institute will have two sessions with different visiting artist and curator faculty during each session. Plug In invites applications for participants who will work collaboratively in a peer-to-peer environment based upon their own interests and projects, as well as by exploring and aligning their work with collaborative or group activities which will be planned during the session.

Plug In is pleased to announce that the faculty for Session 1 will be Postcommodity . Postcommodity is a contemporary American Indian artist collective comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee), Nathan Young (Delaware/Kiowa/Pawnee) and Steven Yazzie (Laguna/Navajo) that was founded in 2007. Postcommodity combines their intertribal Indigenous worldview with interdisciplinary actions and conceptual art practice as a means to engage in Indigenous human rights advocacy and decolonize the geographies and discourse of the Western Hemisphere. Postcommodity is a proud descendent of the American Indian self-determination movement that seeks to contribute to the larger postcolonial Indigenous narrative of social, cultural, political and economic perseverance.

Session 1 will run from May 25 to June 11 (inclusive) and will be structured around the participation of visiting artists/faculty Postcommodity, visiting curator Candice Hopkins (Ottawa), curator-in-residence Jenny Western and Institute Director Anthony Kiendl. Visiting guest curators will also include Lee-Ann Martin (Ottawa) and Steve Loft (Toronto).

Plug In is pleased to announce the visiting faculty for Session 2 will be London, UK-based artist Shezad Dawood and curator Sara Raza (London, UK). Session 2 will take place from July 5 to 25, 2010 (inclusive).

Shezad Dawood was born in London in 1974 and trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood works across many different forms of media, and much of his practice involves curating and collaboration, frequently working with other artists to build on and create unique networks of critically engaged discursive circles. These networks map across different geographic locations and communities, and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and restaging.

Session 2 will feature the artist and curator and Institute Director Anthony Kiendl playing a leadership role in an open studio environment with approximately 8 other participants who have submitted applications. Selection will be made by a committee based upon artistic merit.

Deadline for applications for both sessions is April 6, 2010 (postmarked). You may download applications and find more information by following the link at: .




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