CAFKA.21: July Public Programs

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Image: Laura Watson (2021)

CAFKA is pleased to announce July Programming supporting the CAFKA.21 Biennial: Everything Not Saved Will be Lost

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, CAFKA is pleased to present the biennial, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. Installations and themes explored throughout the biennial are activated by a robust series of events and public programs including commissioned performances, screenings and artist talks as well as through the CAFKA Summer Reading Series – White Elephant Edition. CAFKA’s program committee has designed a series of book clubs, discussion groups, and public lectures that seek to interrogate racism and white supremacy, drive community dialogue on issues of social justice, and facilitate working strategies to actively dismantle ongoing systems of oppression. CAFKA invites active participation in these free programs of learning and unlearning.

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Shary Boyle, White Elephant (2021). Aluminum, polystyrene, porcelain, underglaze, synthetic hair, epoxy, textiles, motor, electronics. 244 cm x 152 x 212 cm. Commissioned by Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA). Photo: John Jones 2021.

Screening of Performing Community Garden followed by an artist talk with Khadija Baker
Tuesday, June 29: 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Screening of Performing Community Garden followed by an artist talk with Khadija Baker
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Please visit artist page for more information.
Presented in partnership with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling


Screening of It’s not your fault followed by a discussion with Raven Davis and Denise Pictou Maloney.
Thursday, July 1: 12:00 pm EDT
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ASL interpretation to be provided.

The screening of the performance It’s Not Your Fault will be followed by a conversation between Raven Davis and Denise Pictou Maloney. Davis and Pictou Maloney both have lived experience with gendered violence as individuals, and as family members with a legacy of gendered violence. The conversation will focus on MMIWC2S awareness, the legacy and lateral violence suffered by Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Pictou Maloney’s mother, her ongoing advocacy, and the recent mancamp/land resource extraction projects that will have a devastating effect on the environment, women and 2 Spirit people.

Please see the artist page for a full description of the performance.


CAFKA Summer Reading Series, White Elephant Edition Discussion Group:
Natasha Stovall, Whiteness on the couch
Tuesday July 6: 7:00 pm EDT
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This short text will be read collectively, and out-loud for those who volunteer. Participants do not have to read the text in advance. Article. Note: CAFKA Summer Reading Series events are limited to 20-25 participants.


CAFKA Summer Reading Series, White Elephant Edition Book Club:
Kathy Hogarth and Wendy L. Fletcher, A Space for Race: Decoding Racism, Multiculturalism, and Post-Colonialism in the Quest for Belonging in Canada and Beyond
Tuesday, July 13: 7:00 pm EDT
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Facilitated by Fitsum Areguy

From scholars and local University of Waterloo Professors Kathy Hogarth and Wendy L. Fletcher, this book critically examines and explores ongoing tensions, challenges, and inconsistencies around race relations embedded within policy and practice in Canada, and engages with history in a way that challenges the historical records that has informed our imaginings of belonging.


BIG IDEAS in Art and Culture Lecture Series featuring Kathy Hogarth: What’s race got to do with it? Race representation and appropriation in arts.
Thursday, July 15: 7:00 pm EDT
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Presented in Partnership with Musagetes

This Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture explores how race is represented and often misrepresented through various forms of arts and questions the role of arts and culture in advancing race relations in todays society and context.


Women Performing ARTS + SPORTS Femmes en performance
Caroline St-Laurent and Liliane Moussa
Saturday, July 17: 6:00 pm EDT
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Live performance broadcast from Montreal

Visit the artist page for more details
Note: Rain date July 18. Registrants will be contacted if event needs to be postponed.


CAFKA Summer Reading Series, White Elephant Edition Discussion Group:
Claudia Rankine, I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked.
Tuesday, July 20: 7:00 pm EDT
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This short text will be read collectively, and out-loud for those who volunteer. Participants do not have to read the text in advance. Article.


Artist Talk with Shary Boyle: The Making of White Elephant
Monday, July 26: 7:00 pm EDT
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Please visit the artist page for more information.

Please join artist Shary Boyle as she discusses the two-year process of creating the sculpture White Elephant; thoughts and processes that led to the work’s inception; addressing white supremacy through an artistic practice from Shary’s personal perspective and experience as a white artist; and the relationships and contributions of the fabrication team that assisted in the creation of the work.


CAFKA Summer Reading Series, White Elephant Edition Discussion Group:
chapter from Chelsea Vowel’s Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues in Canada
Tuesday, July 27: 7:00 pm EDT
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Chapter 26: Rights? What Rights? Doctrines of Colonialism – pp 235-242; 8 pages
Chapter will be distributed to participants post registration.

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Chun Hua Catherine Dong, I Have Been There. CAFKA21 installation view. Photo: Conan Stark 2021.

About CAFKA.21 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA) is pleased to present the CAFKA.21 biennial, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. In line with ever evolving public health directives, the biennial takes place as a series of activations throughout the course of the summer, bringing contemporary art to primarily outdoor public spaces across Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. CAFKA.21’s theme, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, invites us to reflect on our everyday practices, our values, and our hopes. It also asks us to think about the things that could and perhaps should be left behind. Please consult individual artist and program pages on the CAFKA.21 website for additional information and accurate dates as programming necessarily shifts in line with public health regulations.

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About CAFKA
CAFKA is a non-profit, artist-run organization that has been bringing contemporary art from around the world to the public spaces of Waterloo Region since 2001.

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