On Tuesday, November 13th 2018, Plug In ICA will kick off its second iteration of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of STAGES 2019. With its conception in 2017, STAGES set out to activate the City of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture and performances by nine international and local artists. The speaker series became a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences, and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg.
Our first speaker in the 2019 STAGES Speakers Series is architect, builder, artist, and self-publisher Joar Nango. Nango’s work often parses out the division between design, architecture, and visual art and uses improvisation as method and process. Belonging to the indigenous peoples from Sápmi, the traditional territories of Sámi, improvisation is a cultural disposition for several communities like his, where the climate is merciless and resources are scarce. As such, Nango’s sculptural practice is stirred by chance, experimentation with localized raw materials, DIY aesthetics, and an in-tuned relationship to place. He creates actions and interventions; makeshift as well as permanent ones, that ultimately add up to our knowledge and connectedness to the environment we stand and thrive on.
Off-site. Location TBD. More info here.