All Hands on the Archive

We’ve been fans of the Feminist Art Gallery since before its inauguration and now we are proud to proclaim that we are their first institutional Matron! In conjunction with Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic, AGYU continues to celebrate the legacy of Toronto’s feminist and queer communities out there with Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive, the inaugural program of FAG’s 2012 programming year and a co-production with AGYU, FAG, and The Power Plant! (Now, how’s that for working together?)

Cinenova is a London-based, volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution of films and videos made by women. Cinenova is a cultural community and network for feminist film and video practice, but beyond that, it is an activist platform for making these practices known and publically accessible. Run by artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, the Feminist Art Gallery is a Torontobased, volunteer-run, non-profit centre also firmly rooted in activism: hosting, funding, advocating, and supporting feminist practices, beyond gender and privilege.

All Hands on the Archive develops a dialogue between the work in the Cinenova collection and Toronto’s long-rooted feminist and queer histories as a means to access, activate, and animate both.

The month-long engagement with Cinenova begins on February 3 at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West at 7 PM with a screening curated by Cinenova Working Group member Emma Hedditch. The evening program serves as an introduction to the scope of this international and intergenerational collection.

From there, the program relocates to FAG, 25 Seaforth Avenue, side gate, on Saturday, February 4, 11, 18, and 25. An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail takes place from 1 to 5 PM, and each day brings together two local artists, activists, or educators who have been specifically chosen to animate the Cinenova archive from their particular point of view, selecting work for collective viewing and group discussion.

All Hands on the Archive concludes on March 4 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) at 8 PM with a closing party that features a commissioned performance by local artist Sharlene Bamboat. Bamboat’s performance responds to Cinenova’s work and working methodologies, locating them within the conditions and contexts of Toronto. The performance is followed by a special screening curated by Toronto’s GB Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn (see Rebels Rule for details).

Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive is an initiative of the AGYU, the Feminist Art Gallery, and The Power Plant and celebrates the affinities of our collective winter programing. All Hands on the Archive is presented as well in the context of The Power Plant’s exhibition Coming After (10 December, 2011 – 4 March, 2012).

For more, on this series of lectures and screenings please see: The Fag Tapes