Jessica MacCormack at a workshop with our partner the North End Women's Centre
Jessica MacCormack working on a video with Crossing Communities Member Cheyenne Traverse
Rosalie Favell with Crossing Communities in Nepal, Rita Shrestha in background
Member & Artist Profiles
Alexus has been a filmmaker and presenter with Crossing Communities since 2005. She is two-spirited, hails from Swan River, Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg. Alexus has completed 9 video productions and is currently working on a 10th video. Alexus also had the honour of being the second participant on CTV's Manitoba Moments promoting A Hard Night Out. Alexus has screened her videos in Canada, England and Germany and her work may be found on lookinginspeakingout.com.
Jessica was the artist in residence at Crossing Communities in 2008-2009. Over her residency she mentored both women and youth in video, photography and painting. She was a visual art / video mentor for the Hip Hop Project and many of the videos that were created during her workshops with women are featured on lookinginspeakingout.com
Jessica MacCormack's art combines various elements of interactivity, performance,intervention, installation and video to investigate social spaces by implicating the viewer/participant in the processes that make events meaningful, while destabilizing ideas of high culture for a political/socially engaged content. She is attentive to a social critique of institutional structures that propagate systematized oppression, with a self-reflexive criticality in relation to her own practice so as not to reproduce these same power structures. Collectivity and community have also largely informed her practice, taking an active part in artist run center culture, performance collectives and collaborations. This has also included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are dealing with issues of criminalization through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at Crossing Communities Art Project in Winnipeg. In 2008, she completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at Bauhaus University (Germany).
Most recently Rosalie traveled with Crossing Communities to Nepal as the photography / video mentor in our first international partnership. Rosalie has also mentored members of Crossing Communities through workshops at our Winnipeg studio since 2001.
Métis artist Rosalie Favell is a well-known photographer whose work has appeared in more than a dozen solo exhibitions and more than twenty group exhibitions in venues stretching from Glasgow, Scotland to Santiago, Chile. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, Ms. Favell holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and has received numerous awards for her work from institutions across Canada. Her works can be found in the collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia, as well as in a number of private collections. Her work has also been profiled in publications in North America and Scotland.
Susan Chafe is a Winnipeg artist who works in installation, sculpture, audio and text.
Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan
In a collaboration that has spanned well over a decade, Winnipeg multi-disciplinary artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have created a body of internationally acclaimed work that addresses feminist, lesbian, and social concerns with biting wit. Recently, this duo has created new stage works, Unruly and Target Marketing, and a multi-channel video installation commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum entitled Archaeology and You. Their terrorist organization, Consideration Liberation Army, unleashed “The Summer of Thought” upon the city of Winnipeg in 2007 with video communiqués, audio bombs, actions, graffiti and manifestos. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 they also curated three significant group exhibitions for The Winnipeg Art Gallery: supernovas, In The Blink of An Eye, and Subconscious City.
Aganetha Dyck is a Canadian artist who is interested in environmental issues, specifically the power of the small. She is interested in inter species communication. Her research asks questions about the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. At the end of 2010 beekeeping season she will no longer be installing her own works into the bee hive. She will however complete bee related collaborations - one with William Eakin and the other with David Zinger. Dyck is developing a new body of work.
The Dakota/Ojibwa artist's montages refer to the effects of colonization, such as racial stereotypes, residential schools and government treaties. Other motifs include family photographs, beadwork and the drum. As a tribal feminist she resists the social images of Aboriginal women.
Debby Keeper (Cree, Ojibway, Scottish, Irish) is multidisciplinary artist from the Fisher River Cree Nation, Manitoba. Keeper is an active producer-member at Video Pool, Inc., a non-profit artist-run media production centre in Winnipeg. She is the "soul" proprietor of Indy Ann Productions. Her video work has been screened both nationally and internationally, in broadcast media and at various festivals.
Grace Nickel has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Manitoba in Canada and received her MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 2008. Her work is internationally recognized and she has received numerous awards in overseas competitions, as well as Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council arts awards.
Shelley Niro is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford. She was born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1954, and has studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. Working in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film, Niro challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples through strategies of masquerade, parody, and appropriation. Often using herself, friends, and family members as subjects, the artist creates depictions of Aboriginal peoples in counterpoint to those generated by centuries of colonization. Through her often direct yet humorous approach the artist proposes numerous possibilities for lived experience, presenting identity as a fluid and complex state, not one that is fixed and singular. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and her award-winning films have been screened at festivals worldwide.
Erika MacPherson uses video and electronic media to investigate the intricate relationship of choice and chance. Her visually poetic non-fiction narratives explore the phenomenal circumstance of being human. As a community activist, her artistic vision is to interpret the narrative inherent in the most profound determinants on survival - the environment as well as inter-relationships and concepts of co-creation. Her pieces have screened internationally at festivals from the San Francisco Gay Lesbian to Transmediale in Berlin, Vancouver International to The Edinburgh Fringe. Erika has received numerous awards from the Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada Arts Councils. From her home in Manitoba she also facilitates the creation of others peoples stories as a writer, videographer, editor and workshop facilitator.
Working in photography, video, and painting, I have developed several large projects over the last decade: The Bathers, Mirror Series, Missing Women: Disappearing Acts, Selling Venus/Vénus au miroir, Projections, Sisters of the Cross, and Pilgrims. Within my practice, I explore the subject/object relationship as it relates to the passage between narcissistic production and nuanced self-definition.Throughout my artistic practice, I have been fascinated by the representation of the “other” — a figure both real and imagined — and the ways in which this figure embodies our deepest fears, our suppressed longings, and the infinite complexities of human life.
In her work, Reva Stone investigates western culture's drive to model, simulate, engineer and manipulate biological life. Living matter is being revealed as increasingly mutable. She says "I have responded to the technologization of living matter my creating works that seem to mutate, evolve and respond with a life of their won. I situate my work at the increasingly blurred boundary between what is born and what is manufactured, what is animate and what is inanimate." Stone has exhibited her work internationally and is also active as a curator, a writer, and an educator.
Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Jackie Traverse is a recent graduate from the school of fine arts at the University of Manitoba. She is an Anishinabe from Lake St.Martin, First Nations. Jackie works in all mediums from sculpture, mixed media, and video.