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WILD: Fabricating a Frontier

Exhibition // OFFSITE

Globe Cinema - 617 8 Avenue SW
Victoria School - 411 11 Avenue SE
Illingworth Kerr Gallery - 1407 14 Avenue NW

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th - Happenings 9 / Arts Commons / 6PM - 9PM FREE

Performance by Cheryl Foggo and Miranda Martini at 7:40PM!

As a part of WILD, Cheryl Foggo will present a reading from John Ware Reimagined, with underscore music by Miranda Martini. Followed by a reading from John Ware Reclaimed and performance of "Mildred's Lullaby" by Miranda Martini.

EXHIBITION / July 7 – August 26, 2017

A frontier, unlike a border, represents a zone of relations where it is possible for all those involved to be affected and changed by the encounters. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier examines and complicates frontier narratives by producing and performing alternative vocalizations of what it means to live in contested zones.  This project particularly examines this concern within settler colonial contexts—geographic, political, post-colonial, psychic, interspecies—and looks for ways to retain their narrative complexity. Exploring the affectations of settler colonial romanticism and its persistence in performances of the “Wild West”, this project troubles settler hegemonies and offers alternative practices of wildness.

In a moment in which issues of belonging, settlement and migration dominate global political discourse, within the largest mass movement of refugees to have taken place since the Second World War, WILDaddresses the long-lasting nature of the debate, and the necessity for an urgent reshaping of the narrative of who is welcome and who is not, the historical effects of displacement on immigrants and the requirement for a national discourse on care and empathy as a part of national identity.
Exploring interspecies relations, the intersectionality of the frontier, and feminist and Indigenous discourses, WILD: Fabricating a Frontier offers an incisive, humourous and rambunctious counter-telling around the campfire through two major components: an intensive ten-day festival held primarily at the Globe Cinema over the duration of the Calgary Stampede (July 7-15) featuring nightly performances, film screenings, and discussions by local, national, and international artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, and an exhibition running from July 7 to August 26 across three venues throughout Calgary: the former Victoria School (411 11th Avenue SE), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (1407 14th Avenue NW), and the Globe Cinema (617 8th Avenue SW).
Contemporary Calgary is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier is presented by Contemporary Calgary in partnership with the Calgary Underground Film Festival and M:ST Performative Art Festival, and has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For full schedule of events, please click HERE.

Contemporary Calgary will require a number of volunteers to assist with the WILD Festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nura Ali HERE.

Image credit: Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009 ©️ The artist and VG Bild-Kunst, 2017

Earlier Event: July 7
Later Event: August 11