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Critical Fictions

Critical Fictions | hannah_g
April  28 | 2023
Reading: 6:00 -6:45 PM
Workshop: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Critical Fictions contains essays and other writing about five contemporary artists living and working in Canada. Although quite distinct, there are threads and sympathies between them. All are Canadian, each works with abstraction, the body is central, they probe structures of power and control with wit and pathos, and each is queer. Their subversion, humor, slipperiness, and fluidity are rooted in their queerness, making them intimate bedfellows. Their work is brilliantly critical, tenderly gorgeous, and delightfully acerbic.

Many of Hannah’s responses didn’t fit in a conventional essay form: memories, images, poems, stories, and weird tangents bubbled up. These interdisciplinary texts, mostly placed after each essay, respond to the analysis, the art, and the experience of writing with these artists’ work.

Join us a 6:00 PM for reading from Critical Fictions. 


Following the reading hannah_g will host a workshop with on and off-page writing exercises as well as a discussion on approaches to art writing and research in conjunction with the methodology and reference to Critical Fictions. 

Hannah Godfrey (AKA hannah_g) is a writer and artist based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1. She has worked in many above-and below-board settings including art galleries, anarchic cinema microplexes, national museums, music venues, derelict warehouses, and festivals. Generosity, irreverence, and earnestness underpin her endeavours. Born in the UK, she moved to Winnipeg in 2008.

Artists in Critical Fictions 

Derek Dunlop’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across North America, including the UCLA New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles, Artspeak in Vancouver, as well as the Drawing Center in NYC. He has had solo exhibitions with the PLATFORM Centre in Winnipeg, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and with Martha Street Studio. His work has been reviewed in Border Crossings, C Magazine, and Canadian Art. 

He has participated in numerous residencies and programs including the inaugural Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center in NYC, the thematic residency, “Are We Looking at Dead Birds?” at the Banff Centre, as well as the studio artist residency program at the ISCP in Brooklyn. He has pursued self-directed artist residences at: the Malaspina Printmaker’s Association in Vancouver, Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency in Manitoba, and he has been an artist in resident at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts in New Berlin, New York. 

He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: the BC Binning Memorial Fellowship, The Andrew MacIntosh Book Prize, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Jan and Adam Waters Scholarship. He has received project funding from all three levels of government.

Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and is currently pursuing his PhD in the History of Art at the University of Toronto, which commenced in the fall of 2017. 

Kristin Nelson received a BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA from Concordia University (2014). Through a process of examination and re-contextualisation, she transforms mundane subjects into larger social concerns. She has completed a Riding Mountain Artist Residency (2017), a Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney Australia (2015) and a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2008). I have exhibited work across Canada and internationally. She has been a mentor for women identified artists at MAWA and served on the board of directors for Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Plug In ICA, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc.

Andrea Oliver Roberts is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and musician based in Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Canada.  Known for sculptural sound installations that contend with the voice, illness, and belief within techno-capitalism, Roberts also performs with the solo experimental sound project VOR. 

Roberts has shared their work at galleries and festivals internationally, including Send + Receive Festival of Sound Art, Plug In ICA STAGES Biennial, TRUCK Gallery, SOMArts San Francisco, and The Auxiliary UK, with recent solo exhibitions Sickroom (2019 The University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery, Winnipeg), The Stridents (2017, TRUCK Contemporary, Calgary), and the Yolk of Menial Light (2015, aceartinc, Winnipeg),  

Roberts is a 2022 MacDowell Fellow, a 2021 Sobey Longlist awardee and an artist in residence at Pioneerworks Centre for Art and Innovation (2016), Oolite Arts (2017), and Anderson Ranch (2022). Roberts writes on issues of sound, embodiment, gender and technology and holds an MFA from California College of the Arts (2014) and a BFA from the University of Manitoba (2011).

Logan MacDonald is an artist, curator, writer, educator and activist who focuses on identity and belonging through queer, disability, and decolonial perspectives. He is of mixed-European, and Mi’kmaw ancestry, who identifies with both his Indigenous and settler roots. Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, his Mi’kmaw ancestry is connected to Elmastukwek, Ktaqamkuk. 

In 2019, MacDonald was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award and was honoured with a six-month residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.  He holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University, and a MFA in Studio Arts from York University. 

He served as Vice-Chair of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA) from 2019-2022. Currently, MacDonald is a Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in Studio Arts at University of Waterloo.

Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist and administrator who currently works and resides between Treaty 1 and Treaty 4 territories. They have received funding from municipal, provincial and national arts councils as well as awards from local and transnational arts organizations. 

Their practice engages with themes of place and it’s abstraction from a diasporic, queer and feminist perspective. Their experimental film work has been reviewed in Blackflash magazine and the Winnipeg Free Press while screening the world over. Their art writing has appeared in the Capilano Review as well as in the form of commissioned essays at artist run centres in Winnipeg.

Currently, they are the Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Filmpool, Co-Director of WNDX Festival of Moving Image and guest editor of the forthcoming Art&Wonder publication.

Image: Logan MacDonald, installation view from Lay of the Land, 2018. Credit: Karen Asher)