© J. Spence and D. Roberts, 1991-1992

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© J. Spence and D. Roberts, 1991-1992

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<p>with Carl Bouchard, Pascal Dufaux, Chantal duPont, Angela Ellsworth &amp; Tina Takemoto, Christina Lammer, Susan B. Markisz, Pam Patterson, Jo Spence &amp; Terry Dennett</p>

September 15 – October 20, 2012

Saturday, September 15 at 5 pm

Round Table
Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 pm
with Tamar Tembeck, Kim Sawchuk, Christina Lammer and Carl Bouchard

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Commented visits with the curator
(in French with bilingual Q & A)
Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 pm, during Les Journées de la Culture
Saturdays, October 13 and 20* at 2 pm
* the artist Chantal duPont will also be in attendance to answer to visitors' questions

Through the media of photography, performance and video, the group exhibition Auto/Pathographies addresses questions of identity and (self-)representation in the face of illness. Bringing together works from artists based in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Austria produced from the 1990s until today, the exhibition offers both sensitive and critical perspectives on the roles played by disease in redefining individual existence and interpersonal relations.

The term pathography, borrowed from the field of literature, typically refers to a narrative account of illness. In the context of this exhibition however, its meaning is expanded to include both visual and performative “portraits” of the experience of disease. The photographic and video works presented in the exhibition are produced from either an autobiographical perspective (autopathographies), or in an exchange between sick and healthy individuals (relational pathographies).

Amongst the collaborative artworks presented in the exhibition are a number of rare images from the Jo Spence Memorial Archive, which will be shown for the first time in Canada. Auto/Pathographies features Spence’s photographic explorations of mortality from her last series entitled The Final Project.

With each of the artworks presented in Auto/Pathographies, sickness is transformed into a site of active aesthetic, political, and even metaphysical inquiry -- one whose interest extends well beyond that of the individual subject’s narrative.

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Carl Bouchard

Carl Bouchard completed a Bachelor in visual arts at UQAC in 1990. Since then, he has been working in Chicoutimi, first at the studio l’Oreille Coupée (1989-1997), and now at the Ateliers d’Artistes TOUTTOUT, where he was a founding member. He is also a founding member and president of the artist-run centre Le LOBE (1993), and since 2008 has been working as an art specialist for the application of policies pertaining to the integration of art into architecture and the environment.

Pascal Dufaux

Pascal Dufaux has been making kinetic video machines and installing them in various exterior and interior spaces for several years. Reappropriating video surveillance cameras, these machines use a motorized mechanism to make the cameras rotate in orbits and scan their immediate environment. Just like probes sent into space, they inform viewers of their surroundings. Pascal Dufaux has presented his work in many venues in Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world.

Chantal duPont

Chantal duPont has taken part in many international video festivals and individual and group exhibitions in Quebec and abroad. She was the recipient of the 2005 Bell Canada Award in video art. Her work is internationally recognized and has received awards in several festivals, including events in Belgium, Colombia, France, Portugal and in Montreal, where she won the Prix à la Création artistique from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her video Headstrong / Du front tout le tour de la tête.

Angela Ellsworth

Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at Arizona State University's School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Traversing disciplines of drawing, installation, and performance, she is interested in the merging of art with everyday life and the collision of public and private experiences in unexpected spaces. Her solo and collaborative work has taken in wide-ranging subjects such as illness, physical fitness, endurance, social ritual, and religious tradition.

Christina Lammer

Christina Lammer is a collaborative multimedia artist, research sociologist and lecturer based in Vienna. Her work combines sensory ethnography with video, performance and body art in hospitals and clinics, focussing on embodied emotion and sensory interaction between patients and physicians during the course of medical treatment. Her most recent books include MOVING FACES (2015), ANATOMY LESSONS (2013), edited together with Artur Zmijewski, and EMPATHOGRAPHY (2012), all Löcker Verlag, Vienna. Lammer holds a Ph.D.

Susan B. Markisz

Susan B. Markisz is an award-winning multimedia journalist and contract photographer who joined UNICEF as a staff photographer and assistant photo editor in 2005. She has been frequently honored by the NPPA, NYPPA, and the New York Press Association for her work in photojournalism for many clients including The New York Times, The Daily News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The National Post and numerous other publications, corporate clients and NGOs.

Pam Patterson

Pam Patterson has been active in the art and women’s communities for 25 years. Her research, performance and teaching focus on embodiment in art practice, the body in art, disability studies, women and gender studies, and feminist art education. She has been published in Studies in Art Education, Resources for Feminist Research, Matriart: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, FUSE, Fibrearts and Parachute.

Jo Spence

Jo Spence (1934-1992) was a photographer and teacher well known for her poignant explorations of the family and self-image through her book Putting Myself in the Picture (Camden Press). In 1982 she broke new ground by developing methods of using photography as a therapeutic tool - first as an adjunct to her breast cancer treatment program, and secondly as a means of confronting the question of mortality and approaching death following a second and final diagnosis of leukaemia.

Terry Dennett

Terry Dennett has curated the Jo Spence Memorial Archive London for twenty years. In another life he is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute with a special interest in urban crisis and social exclusion. Currently he is also President of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography. In his role as a curator, Dennett continues to assist students worldwide who are interested in Jo Spence and her therapeutic concerns. He can be contacted at:

Tina Takemoto

Tina Takemoto is an artist and associate professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work examines issues of race, queer identity, memory, and grief. Her current project explores hidden dimensions of the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) experience in the Japanese American incarceration camps during World War II. She has received grants from Art Matters, James Irvine Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.