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Artist Talk with Jessica Wiebe

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Join us on Thursday, February 6th 2020 at 7pm for an artist talk with our 2019/2020 Artist-in-Residence, Jessica Wiebe!

Jessica is a Halifax based interdisciplinary artist. A former artillery soldier in the Canadian military, her artwork investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, architecture of war, and the human condition. Through the use of various media she makes work that creates dialogue by engaging and challenging deeply held beliefs and emotions about the military and war. Currently she is a participant of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa.

About the Residency:
As part of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP), Jessica was embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Ukraine for eight days at the beginning of December. During this time, she documented the training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Operation UNIFIER. Following this program, she travelled independently of the military to gather additional source material as part of her vision for a larger body of work. Jessica visited significant historical and cultural sites and conducted 21 interviews with military members, politicians, diplomats, journalists, historians, and directors of non-government organizations.

During her residency, Jessica created a series of short videos and sound collages from the audio/visual explorations and research she conducted on-site in Ukraine. This material documents the history of war and how it continues to impact the current political and economic climate in Ukraine and push the war in the east.

CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however staff will be stationed at the door for the event to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders. There will be light snacks and refreshments available for free.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

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