Credit: Left: Jaswant Guzder, Prayer Spaces and Portrait, 2016, on linen, collage, sari cloth, Tibetan flag, acrylic, water colour crayon, ink. Right: María Angélica Madero, Camouflage for Anti-Facial Recognition for Quarentine Surveillance, 2021, photograph.
Close Up: In Conversation with Jaswant Guzder, Missla Libsekal, and María Angélica Madero
Listen to a discussion on portraiture and faces inspired by our current exhibit Facing Time.
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Exhibiting artists Jaswant Guzder and María Angélica Madero from our Facing Time exhibit will be joined by curator Missla Libsekal to discuss portraiture and faces with Gallery curator Jordan Strom. This live event will take place on the Gallery’s Facebook and Youtube pages and will be available to replay afterwards.
The human face is at the centre of contemporary conversation. Law enforcement uses surveillance and racial profiling. Social media and businesses track people’s behaviours for targeted marketing. Conflicts arise over facial coverings in airport security. Masks are the new normal in everyday pandemic life. Parents of young kids wonder how limited social interactions will impact their children.
Featuring artworks in a wide range of media, Facing Time examines the way dozens of artists seek to represent faces and portraits over the past fifty years. The panel will bridge subjects connected with Guzder’s parallel artistic and mental health work, Madero’s research and art practice related to new surveillance technologies and forms of masking, and Libsekal’s curatorial and art editorial interest in artists who use portraiture.
About the Artists
Dr. Jaswant Guzder is Head of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Childhood Disorders Day Hospital at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University with extensive experience in child and family psychiatry issues, as well as cultural psychiatry and global health work. Dr. Guzder is also a psychoanalyst and supervisor for the Art Therapy Masters Program at Concordia University. She worked in Mumbai, India from 1980 to 1984. Her child and family practice in Montreal is multicultural. She has projects in Mumbai, India and in Jamaica with graduate students working with South Asian and Caribbean populations. As a visual artist, she has exhibited widely.
Missla Libsekal is an independent writer, cultural producer, and art curator focused on expanding cultural discourse within the Pan African context. In 2010 and ahead of the curve, she founded Another Africa, a then much-needed digital platform and safe space to give agency to African and Diasporic voices. Her writings engage with existing and emerging lexicons within contemporary African visual practice and have also been published on The Africa Report, The Guardian, Art Africa, SAVVY art journal, and more. Libsekal’s most recent curatorial work is the exhibition Beyond What We See, once upon a time, once upon a future at Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse (2020). Featuring women artists, the exhibition is part of the Africa2020 Season held throughout France.
María Angélica Madero
María Angélica Madero has a master’s degree in sculpture from the Slade School of fine art, UCL, and a Master in Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory in the CRMP at Kingston University. Currently she is studying for a PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. Her work explores the materiality of language and gestures and includes digital mediums (like virtual reality, 3d modeling, HD video) with a sculptural thought, crossing disciplinary boundaries. She is part of several international collectives like (Play)ground-less, UHIM (Heterogeneous Unity of Moving Images) and No te oigo (contemporary music). From 2015, Maria was head of the Visual Arts programme at El Bosque University. She currently works as Faculty at the London Interdisciplinary School.