The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the In/Visible: Body as Reflective Site exhibition (2019), which offers a dialogic and reflective artistic space to critically engage with the conditions and actions that promote or combat sexual violence. The exhibition makes the issue of sexual violence more visible within the community through the work of the six selected artists – Hannah Claus, Dayna Danger, Maria Ezcurra, Sandeep Johal, Kama La Mackerel and Nadia Myre – as in their work the body is shown to be a site for expression, empowerment, and resistance. The presentation of these artists’ work activates under-voiced realities associated with sexual violence across a broad spectrum of experience. The primary question guiding this exhibition is: How can the body be artistically employed to understand, expose, challenge, and disrupt sexual violence? The works will pose further questions, offer counter-narratives to dominant discourses related to sexual violence, and present potential methods for dismantling and preventing the insidious culture of sexual violence present in our society. The curators, Lori Beavis, Maria Ezcurra and Natasha Reid, and IMPACTS Director, James McGill Professor Shaheen Shariff, aim to share the work and subject matter across diverse communities within Montreal.
This exhibition is an outgrowth of McGill University’s IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant (Number: 895-2016-1026). Designed to research sexual violence through various lenses, IMPACTS is addressing, dismantling, and preventing sexual violence through developing evidence-based research and solutions in the fields of education, law, policy, arts, popular culture, news, and social media. To achieve this, in addition to the McGill University community, IMPACTS is collaborating with thirteen universities and thirteen community partners. As one of the chosen community partners, the Visual Arts Centre’s primary contribution to this effort is the In/Visible exhibition. McClure Gallery would like to thank Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts de Montréal.