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Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada

Book Launch & Discussion

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3pm to 5pm

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art


Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada is framed through the desire for change and the change that desire makes in the world. With writing from art historians, artists, curators and art writers, Desire Change examines the stakes and concerns of contemporary feminist art, with an understanding that feminism is always and necessarily plural. This book charts a path from earlier feminisms to deal primarily with artists from the past twenty-five years. Desire Change is organized around three central frames: How feminist art has significantly contributed to the complex understanding of gender as it intersects with sexuality and race; the necessity of thinking through patriarchy in relation to colonization within the Canadian nation-state; and the importance of institutional critique to feminism, feminist art and feminist art history and the ways in which this form is expressed today.


Contributors and artists Myriam Jacob-Allard, Alice Ming Wai Jim, Lise Landry, and Mary Sui Yee Wong will present their work and its relationship to the complex landscape of contemporary feminist art in Canada.This event will be introduced by Heather Davis and moderated by Nicole Burisch.


The discussion will be conducted in French and English, with whisper translation available on request.


Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

McGill-Queen's University Press, Montréal/ Kingston.

Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA), Winnipeg.

The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University.

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), McGill University.



SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available on each floor except for the entry level.

More details on accessibility here.


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Desire Change jacket image featuring ©  Rebecca Belmore, Fountain (production still), 2005, video installation. Courtesy of the artist and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, photo: José Ramón González.

Cover design: studio oneonone

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