Artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue co-founded FAG (Feminist Art Gallery) in 2010. They describe FAG as “political pot-luck, free-schooling, backyard screening, axe grinding, directed reading, protest sign making, craft den, incantation, herbal tea and gluten-free muffin top artist talk sensation.” FAG is based in Toronto and also spins in satellite spaces internationally. In order to build community to grow sustainable feminist/queer art, FAG has enabled art exhibitions, provided opportunities for emerging and invisible artists, collaborated with big institutions like SFMOMA and Tate Modern and partnered with artist run centres like Whippersnapper (Toronto), Access Gallery (Vancouver) and Artist's Independent Archive (Singapore).
As artists-in-residence at the AGO, FAG has added a green screen to the AGO's Community Gallery to shoot the video Hers Is Still a Dank Cave: Crawling Towards a Queer Horizon. The video uses contemporary queer theory as both anchor and spring board for envisioning a queer future in an impossible time and place. The Community Gallery as production studio is animated by actors, props, storyboards, occasionally the artists' cats, and director's notes.
The Artist in Residence Program fosters connections between the AGO and Toronto-based contemporary artists, encouraging new forms of expression and audience engagement. Artist projects may take various forms, including performances, events, talks, pop-up installations and gallery interventions.
Visit ago.ca/artist-in-residence for more details.