Archi-Féministes! Publication Review – Eva Morrison

In 2011, the artist-run-center OPTICA presented the exhibition “Archi-Féministes”, exploring the work of female artists who had shown at the gallery since 1972 with a new, explicitly feminist perspective. This year, the center builds on this exhibition’s mission by publishing a bilingual collection of texts, Archi-Féministes!: Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories, which emphasizes the plurality of […]

Laura Hirsh’s “Alan and Ada” – An Interview with Eva Morrison

The 33rd edition of “Salon: Data” at Eastern Bloc, “Écho-Systèmes” will feature Laura Hirsh’s interactive project Alan and Ada.  Laura, an emerging artist and coder in Montreal, works with notions of new media and technology, exploring themes of artificial intelligence and surveillance in our digital age and gender disparity in technology. Influenced by theories of cybernetics, […]

An Interview with Nahed Mansour – Eva Morrison

Toronto-based artist Nahed Mansour’s recent work annexes representations the figure of “Little Egypt” in American popular culture, exploring the contradictions that arise as she is fetishized and popularized yet cast as an immoral “Other”. Little Egypt’s introduction of belly dancing in her emblematic performance at the 1893 World’s Fair lead to her assertion of self […]

Emily Draicchio – Ambiguous Categories: Strategic Essentialism in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) was a crucial figure in the development and continuous transformation of feminist art in the 1970s and onwards. Mendieta challenged the male-dominant view of contemporary art by incorporating feminist ideals through what she defined as “earth-body” art (Viso 11). Earth-body art is best exemplified by her Silueta series (translating to silhouettes) completed […]

Sadie Mallon’s “How to Care for a Limp Thing” – An Interview with Eva Morrison

Sadie Mallon–”How to Care for a Limp Thing” video stills. In an interview with Yiara Online’s lead contributor Eva Morrison, Concordia undergraduate artist Sadie Mallon discusses her recent work “How to Care for a Limp Thing”. The video piece explores acts of care; how we care for others and what we get–or do not get–in […]

The Body as Costume; ORLAN’s “Omniprésence” and the Standard of Taste – Taylor Neal

Orlan is both fascinating and dreadful[1]. This seems to be the consensus among spectators and discourse regarding the French artist Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte, who has made a name for herself as a performance artist and feminist icon since the early 1970s under the name Saint Orlan, claimed by the artist in 1971. With her […]

Angeline Meitzler’s SHE IS – Eva Morrison

(TW: discussion of sexual assault) A visual artwork situated online, She Is digitally reconfigures the first 100 tweets that used the hashtag #AzizAnsari shortly after he was accused of sexual assault in a Babe.net article last January. The artist, Angeline Meitzler, corrupts the meaning of the tweets by representing them as anonymous, digitally manipulated, overlapping, […]

WOUNDS – Saint Lo.

Saint Lo. is a Montreal-based folk, indie, pop-rock band with roots that stretch across the continent. Their songs are nuanced and layered, featuring hypnotic vocals, profound lyrics, and intricate harmonies. Their lyricisms touch upon the various themes of complex emotion: vulnerability, isolation, connection, nostalgia, loss, and hope. The band members are Isabella Harned, Bashu Naimi-Roy, […]

MUSEUM – Hazel Thexton

Hazel Thexton’s piece depicts modern women’s grooming products, as seen through the lens of a future society’s exhibit on archaic, restrictive beauty practices. This postmodern frame aims to recalibrate our understanding of contemporary grooming and beauty norms as self-evident and normal. The viewer must reconsider their usual reaction of shock or derision to similarly framed […]