The Stridents

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Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall

Runs from June 2, 2017 to July 15, 2017

Opening reception Friday June 2, at 8:00 PM

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The word strident comes from the Latin stridere meaning to “utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech”. It is in a family of words that connote harshness of breath, a kind of deathly sibilance. Today we are more familiar with its use as a slur for a woman who can't take a joke, a killjoy, someone whose entire being has come to embody the idea of shrillness itself.
 
The Stridents is at work here, in the political alchemy of breath, sound, language, and bodies; the exhale of loss and the hissing of refusal in the context of neoliberal capitalism. Informed by the contradictory freedoms found by hermetic medieval nuns and the sooty ground of early sound recording techniques, these works explore ritual lamentation and retreat as shadow forms of feminist resistance. Full of repeating patterns, elemental quatrains, drone and vocal incantation, this grouping of prints, sculpture, and sound installation entertains the magical desire inherent to mourning: to impossibly undo that which is done.

Andrea Roberts

Andrea Roberts is a Winnipeg based multidisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates sound, print, sculpture, video, and performance. Roberts has exhibited and performed at galleries and festivals internationally, with recent shows at Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Film Pop (Montreal), CT-International Print Biennial (Santiago de Cuba), aceartinc (Winnipeg), Whitdel Arts (Detroit), and SomArts (San Francisco). Roberts writes on issues of sound, technology, gender, and the voice, and has performed in a number of noise and experimental music projects including their solo project VOR. A recipient of the Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, Roberts holds an MFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts (2014) and a BFA Hons. from the University of Manitoba (2011).