The New Gallery, in collaboration with Femme Wave Visual Art, is pleased to present «Dancing On My Own», a visual archive of femme*-centric queer space and community by Maddie Alexander (Toronto). A new beat in the rhythm of Alexander's archival practice, this work is interactive, ongoing, and conversational.
Visit the The New Gallery's Resource Centre (#115, 115 2nd Avenue SW) between November 14 and December 9 (open Tuesday — Saturday 11AM — 5 PM). to experience this interactive and shifting archival work. Respond to the call for submissions below to be a part of it!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (ongoing throughout exhibition): the artist is collecting images or short pieces of text, and ephemera about femme (trans, non-binary, cis) queer experiences navigating queer bars and/or the bar scene. Submit yours (credited or anonymously) to [email protected]
RECEPTION: Femmetopia 2.0, Friday, November 17th at Local 510 (510 17 Avenue SW) 10PM-Late
Femmetopia 2.0, a pop-up dance party: Imagine the femme* bar you always wish existed! In dialogue with Dancing on My Own, Femmetopia 2.0 radically transforms an existing bar space into a queer femme dance utopia, Hosted by Maddie Alexander.
ARTIST TALK: Friday, November 17, Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, U of C
10-11 AM, open to the public (https://facebook.com/events/491576397892333 )
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Maddie Alexander is a Canadian artist practicing in Toronto, Ontario. They began their education at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed their BFA in Photography at OCAD University. They have exhibited both locally and internationally, and received the Project 31 Photography Award in 2016.
Alexander’s practice is multidisciplinary, primarily manifesting in moving or still image, text, and installation. Their work aims to combine gesture + language to explore narratives around queer identity, intersectional feminist discourse, and mental illness. By pulling imagery from oversaturated media, be it pop culture or porn, Alexander manipulates it to create dialogue around how this shapes and distorts our understanding of queer bodies, identity and sexuality.
The New Gallery's Resource Centre is located inside the residential building of NG tower (#115, 115, 2nd Avenue SW). The space is located on the ground floor. There is a front door with stairs and a side door which is wheelchair accessible.
Femme Wave acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Femme Wave is working closely with Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM) to create safer spaces for Indigenous musicians and attendees at the festival. If you claim Indigenous status, Metis status, Inuit status or that you are of Indigenous descent, please let us know so that we can connect you with IRIM ambassadors. These ambassadors will be available to help meet the needs of Indigenous musicians and attendees in Calgary and those travelling to Femme Wave from reservations or out of province.
To connect with an IRIM ambassador, please email [email protected]
Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival and organizers are committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
** Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival and organizers are committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.**