As guest curator Dr. Janice Hladki’s Research Assistant, I have had the great privilege to be introduced to some of Canada’s amazing female film and video artists. Fierce has been a real learning experience for me – watching the show come together has been exciting to say the least. I’m looking forward to Opening Night (Jan. 28th) and getting to meet the artists again. Each artist – Maureen Bradley, Dana Claxton, Allyson Mitchell, and b.h. Yael – were gracious and fascinating interview subjects. I have fond memories of eating lunch at Yael’s house, looking out over the Pacific ocean with Maureen, walking the tree lined streets of Winnipeg with Dana, and sharing a table with Allyson’s stuffed animal menagerie! For me, Fierce gives me a chance to revisit the beautiful film/video art of these women again and remember the unique opportunity of meeting the genuinely funny and provocative minds behind camera.
– Kathryn Allan, PhD Candidate in English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University