Core Exhibition Team
Vick S. Kwon is a PhD student in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. She received a Master’s degree and an Honours Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto (art history specialist, minor in semiotics and communication theories). Her research area is contemporary performance art, public spectacles, and art as social practice. Kwon’s doctoral research explores mass games (state-programmed spectacles) as a nation-building strategy in postcolonial global subalterns, namely, North Korea, South Korea, and Guyana. Currently she is working on two main research and exhibition projects: (1) Mass Games: Nation-building Spectacles in Postcolonial Guyana and North Korea, which premiered at the Asian Culture Centre in Gwangju, South Korea, in 2015 and at the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Library in 2016; and (2) The VACCINE(S) Project, an interdisciplinary project to explore opportunities for uniting evidence, art, and advocacy as a strategy for improving global health decision making, in particular on vaccination (forthcoming at the UN headquarters in Geneva, 2017, PI: Steven Hoffman, Natalie Loveless, and Sean Caulfield).
Ange Kindrachuk was born in Grande Prairie where she began the first two years of her BFA before moving to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta. While she works in drawing and installation, her primary works are performative. In working with performance Ange feels she can best convey her messages of empathy, healing, and the phenomenological. The use of the body as the medium in ritual performances allows her audience to relate themselves directly to the actions and feelings and perhaps inspire them towards their own healing.
designer MDes candidate, Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta
Heather Leier is an artist and educator based in Edmonton Alberta Canada. She completed her BFA from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and recently received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her work has been exhibited in many international exhibitions including The International Biennial Print Exhibit: ROC at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art and 2015 Guanlan International Print Biennial in Guanlan China. Heather has forthcoming solo exhibitions in May 2016 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and in January 2017 at Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
T. J. McLachlan MFA candidate, sculpture, University of Alberta