Monday, April 17, 2017

The Toronto Star

AGO course explores feminism through art: Participants learn to use visual art to inspire change and create dialogue."

by JACKIE HONG, staff reporter
Friday, April 14, 2017

Canadian artist Aleks Bartosik has long used painting, drawing and sculpture to explore feminist ideas.
Her life experiences were the inspiration behind the first edition of “Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas,” a course at the Art Gallery of Ontario that saw a dozen participants explore feminism through various visual mediums including zine-making, collage, painting and sculpture. 
“It was feminist-driven . . . but I don’t want that to be the only thing that (participants) take away from it,” Bartosik said in March after the conclusion of the first edition. “(I hope they get) a sense of achievement and self-expression to speak through visual language, to inspire change or create a dialogue about feminism and talk about ideas to end sexism, oppression, things like that,” she said.
“Art-making is just one form they can do that through without standing around and picketing.” 
The second edition of the course will run for five weeks starting May 3, and costs $275 for AGO members or $355 for the public. Registration is available on the AGO’s website.
The Star asked some of the first edition participants what feminism means to them and how they expressed it through the art they made during the course. 

Below,  some of the work created during my class.
all photos by Cole Burston of The Toronto Star.
camille deputter

karen vianna

anna zhyn

kristyn dunnion

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