This workshop will look at frameworks and associative logics utilized to amass collections of found images, and how these systems can be strategically mobilized towards the creation of original collages. We will discuss the collection as it relates to capitalism, colonialism, hierarchies, and power dynamics, and how artists have, and continue to, use methodologies of collage to comment, critique, subvert, and challenge existing narratives and histories through claiming, decontextualizing, fragmenting, and reassembling collections of existing materials. Participants are encouraged to gather and bring their own collections of images, as well as any inspiring (or convenient) source materials to collect images from, to workshop new methodologies and compositions.
Maggie Groat is an image and object maker who utilizes a range of media to interrogate methodologies of collage, salvage practices and site-specificity. Her current research surrounds responsiveness to shifting territories, decolonial methodologies, caregiving, gardens, slowness, margins, alternative utilities, Indigenous Futurisms, and the transformative potentials of found and ritual materials. She is a Visual Studies Lecturer at the University of Toronto and currently lives with her partner and three children in Niagara on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Chonnonton, and Anishnaabeg.
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