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Sharon Alward is a performance artist. Her works explore issues related to postmodern religious thought. Through her performances she invites her audiences to question dualistic thinking and to experience a bodily dimension of knowledge. Specifically, her research questions the metaphysical, moral and epistemological role of the contemporary artist through the use of ritual symbolism. Her interdisciplinary investigation into art and religious thought is focused on the performative body. Sharon Alward received her BA from the University of Winnipeg in 1975, her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1983, and her MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1985. In 1982 she received a Painting Fellowship to Yale University. Alward's spiritually based performances and video tapes have been exhibited in museums and site specific locations around the world. She has been nominated for an Art Pace Fellowship and a Blizzard award. Her video works have been exhibited by the American Film Institute and the Canadian National Screen Institute. The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Creator Id: 16
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Year of Birth: 1954
City: Winnipeg
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Manitoba
Gender: Female
Mediums: performance

Randy & Berenicci is an oeuvre spanning more than 30 years, created a unique and evolving body of site-specific and time based art (performance, installation, video, public sculpture). They produced and presented their collaborative work internationally with an extensive history of recognition in art venues around the world. Working in the era of analogue video, they pushed the limits of the medium creating densely architected landscapes through an alchemy of pre-recorded video installations, front and rear projections, miniatures and mechanical effects. They are pioneers of a style of work that combines sensitive and playful reference to site with visionary metaphors infused with historical and cultural references. Poetic and multi-layered, their art is unexpected, surprising and always engaging. Randy Gledhill (b. Winnipeg 1951) currently lives and works in Vancouver. Berenicci Hershorn (b. Toronto 1945) currently lives and works in Toronto.

Creator Id: 500
Collaboration: (Rnady Gledhill and Berenicci Hershorn)
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Undeclared
Mediums: installation, performance, sculpture, video

ARTIFACTS, formed in 1983 by Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee, produces feminist collaborative works which combine the concerns of art and theatre; they have fused these traditions into a unique hybridity. Ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural normalization, ARTIFACTS engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces. While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also created video and visual exhibitions. Research-in-process and doing-as-action define their practice. In 2011, Miklos Legrady was invited to join ARTIFACTS as “public eye”, a photographer or “witness” who by documenting the work is drawn into and becomes part of the performance.

Creator Id: 28
Collaboration: (Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee)
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Year of Birth: 1983
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Beginning Year: 1983
Gender: Undeclared
Mediums: performance

Janet Bellotto graduated from the Sculpture/Installation program at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, and received an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Her practice encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. Water flows through her work: oceans and waves, submersion and reflections, in-between states that are fluid and aqueous. Bellotto has initiated various artist collectives based on producing site-specific work or using spaces outside of gallery walls and creating cultural art exchanges. She has exhibited in various cities including Beijing, Dubai, New York, Mexico City and Venice. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: (2010) Drowning Ophelia, Stratford Gallery, Stratford, Canada; (2009) Point of Encounter, Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE; (2008) WAVE, The LAB, New York City, USA; Chinese Character Biennial, KU Art Center, Beijing, China; (2007) Dehisce, projects, New Orleans, USA. She splits her time between Toronto, Dubai and Venice.

Creator Id: 59
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Year of Birth: 1973
City: Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: installation, performance, photography, sculpture, video

A member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), Rebecca Belmore RCA is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist. Rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities, Belmore’s works make evocative connections between bodies, land and language. Solo exhibitions include: Facing the Monumental, Art Gallery of Ontario (2018); Rebecca Belmore: Kwe, Justina M.Barnicke Gallery (2014); The Named and The Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, (2002). In 1991, Ayumee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother was created at the Banff Centre for the Arts with a national tour in 1992 and subsequent gatherings took place across the Canada in 1996, 2008, and 2014. In 2017, Belmore participated in documenta 14 with Biinjiya’iing Onji (From Inside) in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany. In 2005, at the Venice Biennale, she exhibited Fountain in the Canadian Pavilion. Other group exhibitions include: Landmarks2017 / Reperes2017, Partners in Art (2017); Land Spirit Power, National Gallery of Canada (1992); and the IV Bienal de la Habana (1991). Belmore received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award (2004), the Hnatyshyn Visual Arts Award (2009), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2013), and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2016). She received honourary doctorates from OCAD University (2005), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2018), and NSCAD University (2019).

Creator Id: 60
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Year of Birth: 1960
City: Winnipeg
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Additional Statuses: First Nations
Gender: Female
Mediums: installation, performance