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Faculty of Education well-represented at Eksperimenta! 2014

October 30, 2014 — 

Dr. Joanna Black, Associate Professor of art education in the Faculty of Education, is currently one of three curators representing Canada at a major international art show in Europe.

Black, along with co-curators from Western and Eastern Canada, is hosting the Canadian exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia at Eksperimenta! 2014.

Eksperimenta! 2014, which runs from Oct. 23-Nov. 23, is the biggest international youth contemporary art event. Based on the Venice Biennale and focused on visual art, E!2014 is showcasing the unique artwork of 14-19 year old artists from 11 countries, including Canada.

Black, who also participated in the original Eksperimenta! 2011, is representing the University of Manitoba at the event, along with Greg Chomichuk, a graduate teacher from the U of M B.Ed. program currently working at St. James Collegiate. The U of M is also one of six sponsors from across Canada.

Artwork from Eksperimenta!Black is extremely pleased with the Chomichuk’s accomplishments.

“People should know about the achievement of our art educator involved in this project from Manitoba (one of 11 educators chosen from across the country) who was a recent graduate at U of M and his art students who produced work.”

Three of Chomichuk’s students, Sam Purtell (Having a Blast), Mikayla Little (Spectrum of Science) and Kjirstiana Rocan (Astronaut Cassandra) produced graffiti banners for the international show, which attracted an audience of 18,000 in 2011.

The students’ works were based on the theme of this year’s Canadian Exhibition, which was “Explorations with Modernity and Science.”

Ekspermenta! Image #2 - Logan PasishnikThe theme “provided students with the opportunity to use contemporary art and the themes of art, science and technology as a vehicle to voice their opinions on issues confronting them on a daily basis.” Their artworks addressed topics ranging from environmental devastation to psychological depression to sustainability.

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