Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984 - 2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region or who were informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 - 2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres and reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time in response to the region’s perceived isolation and starkness, reflected in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes. All the works are held in the archives of the Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Many of the artists had early support from Video Pool, thereby demonstrating the many regional partnerships and mutual support networks of artists and agencies in the region.

Isolated Landscapes

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984 - 2009), Video Pool Media Arts Centre, November 3 - December 3, 2017

Sharon Alward, Thirza CuthandShawna DempseyNida Home DohertyElvira FinniganWendy GellerGarland LamErika MacPhersonMaureen MedvedDivya MehraLorri MillanHope PetersonHeidi PhillipsDominique ReyNicole ShimonekColleen SimardJennifer StillwellReva StoneLeslie SupnetSheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

Ming Hon; The Ephemerals: Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny WesternShawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan; and Freya Björg Olafson.

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984 - 2009)

Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman

An exhibition will be held in Winnipeg at the Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts and Poolside Gallery  from November 3 to 1 December 2017.

In recognition of the role performance has played in the development of feminist video art, Isolated Landscapes will include four performances in Winnipeg from 17-19 November 2017:

filmed in front of a live studio audience
by Ming Hon

17 November | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
at the Poolside Gallery | 100 Arthur Street, Second Floor

Big Wig
by Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan
17 November | 8:30pm
at the Rachel Brown Theatre | 211 Bannatyne Avenue

So Bey 
by The Ephemerals 
18 November | 6:00pm
at MAWA | 611 Main Street

MÆ — Motion Aftereffect 
by Freya Björg Olafson
19 November | 6:30pm
at the Winnipeg Film Group Studio | 304-100 Arthur Street

Isolated Landscapes: The Gathering will take place November 17-19 at the Finch Gallery Workspace and is moderated by Ardele Lister.

The Gathering will be comprised of presentations and workshops by Sharon Alward, Gwen Armstrong, Roewan Crowe, Helga Jakobson, Ardele Lister, Hope Peterson and Reva Stone, with a focus on the history and future of women working in media arts. MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art) will host a potluck dinner 17 November 2017.

Five screenings will be held in early 2018: Vancouver at VIVO Media Art Centre, Saskatoon at PAVED Arts, Regina at the Dunlop Gallery, Montréal at Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Halifax at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT). will be hosting the online exhibition component of "Isolated Landscapes" thus making the videos works available for free streaming worldwide, from November 3 to December 3, 2017.