Art Talks MTL Monthly conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, critics and curators based in Montreal, Canada.

Dana Michel is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal.  Before obtaining a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, she was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. She is a 2011 danceWEB scholar (Vienna, Austria) and is currently an artist-in-residence at DanceMakers (Toronto) and at Usine C (Montreal).

 Michel’s newest solo, Yellow Towel, was featured on the “Top Five” and the “Top Ten” 2013 dance moments in the Voir newspaper (Montreal) and Dance Current Magazine (Canada) respectively.  In 2014, she was awarded the newly created Impulstanz Award in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments and was highlighted amongst notable female choreographers of the year by the New York Times. The year concluded with Yellow Towel appearing on the Time Out Magazine (New York City) “Top Ten Performances” list. 


In this episode, Dana talks about dance as a space of exploration; hair; motherhood; her love of objects; defensive reactions to her work; and the influence of the local dance community. 


This episode was hosted and produced bYaniya Lee

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"The Sun Roars Into View" by Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson from their 2015 album Never Were the Way She Was, released on Constellation Records.

"5FT7" by Tonstartssbandht  from their 2009 album An When. 

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Hajra Waheed seeks to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the broad impact of colonial power globally.  Her mixed-media practice consists of ongoing bodies of work that constitute a growing personal archive – one developed in response to all those seemingly lost amongst rapid regional development and/or political strife.  Although works on paper remain the foundation of her practice, they often act as starting points for larger mixed media installations. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including Collages: Gesture & Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014), Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata (2013), (In) the First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona and Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY (2012).  She lives and works in Montréal.


In this episode Hajra talks about growing up on a transnational oil corporation in Saudi Arabia; fallen satellites; her preoccupation with undisclosed documents; telling stories as a means of ordering chaos; intimacy and distance in her representations of surveillance; and collage's potential for transformation.


Hajra Waheed's solo exhibition Asylum in the sea will be presented at Darling Foundry in Montreal from June 18th to August 27th 2015.

fonderiedarling.org/en/Asylum-in-the-sea.html



This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee


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Hajra's website: hajrawaheed.com


"The Homeless Wanderer" by Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou collected on Éthiopiques 21: Ethiopia Song


Joe Grass performed this lap steel cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" live for La Blogothèque 


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Sheena Hoszko earned a BFA and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University, and studied Visual Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Centre Clark, DAREDARE and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, and in group exhibitions  at CIRCA, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and VAV Gallery. By day Sheena makes music, does organizing work and is a bookkeeper at various non-profit organizations.


First shown at Centre Clark and currently at A Space Gallery Toronto alongside the work of Tings Chak, Sheena's most recent sculptural installations are constructed from temporary fences of equal length to her walking measurement of nearby detention centres. 


In this episode Sheena talks about art practices within capitalism, the inaccessibility of information about detention centres, making sculptural work with a political motive, negotiating artistic practice as a privileged occupation, the ways in which art can move beyond the gallery, Smack Mellon's RESPOND show, Jackie Sumell's The House That Herman Built, the influenced of people in other disciplines, Nasrin Himada, Jaggi Singh, and her current food justice research at the Santa Fe Art Institute. 


This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee.

Tumblr design and podcast logo by Naomi Cook.

"The Crossing" from Grace Jones' 1985 album Slave to the Rhythm

"Mississipi Goddamn" performed live by Nina Simone

Find out more about Sheena on her website

http://sheenahoszko.com/

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