Join us for a conversation between current exhibiting artist Christina Battle and Tia-Simone Gardner, whose first Canadian solo exhibition, Dark and Perfect Memories, took place at Gallery 44 in September, 2022. Both artists will explore their intersecting research interests, including digital mapping and the complicated relationship between the environment, climate and Black life. The artists will share their work as an expanded element of the ongoing exhibition series exploring relationships to land through the lens of female artists working from different racialized perspectives.
Listen to the full conversation on G44 digital here.
Christina Battle is an artist based in amiskwacîwâskahikan, (also known as Edmonton, Alberta), within the Aspen Parkland: the transition zone where prairie and forest meet. Her practice focuses on thinking deeply about the concept of disaster: its complexity and the intricacies that are entwined within it. Much of this work extends from her recent PhD dissertation (2020) which looked closer to community responses to disaster: the ways in which they take shape and especially to how online models might help to frame and strengthen such response.
Tia-Simone Gardner is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and Black feminist scholar. Working primarily with drawing, images, archives and spaces, Gardner traces Blackness in landscapes, above and below the ground's surface. Ritual, disobedience, geography and geology are spectres and recurring themes in her work. Gardner grew up in Fairfield, Alabama, across the street from Birmingham and learned to see landscape, capitalist extraction and containment, through this place. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.