Kristina Lee Podesva Free Artist Talk

Wed Nov 27 @ 6pm – FREE and open to public.



* Artist talk is FREE and open to public

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013 @ 6pm-7pm
170 St. George Street, room JHB100
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Presented by the Blackwood Gallery in partnership with the Jackman Humanities Institute and The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

This artist talk is programmed in conjunction with the current exhibition a the Blackwood Gallery:

Red, Green, Blue ≠ White
Until December 1, 2013
Curated by Johnson Ngo

Golboo Amani & Manolo Lugo, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Aryen Hoekstra, Brendan Fernandes, Kika Nicolela, Jude Norris and Kristina Lee Podesva

Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: all colours used to describe people, somewhat contentiously, of culturally diverse backgrounds. Coined by Alice Walker, colourism, or discrimination based on skin colour, is the impetus to examine the relationship between race and colour. Red, Green,Blue ≠ White investigates this fraught territory through the formal considerations of colour offered by colour theory. But that is only its point of departure. The selected works share a sensibility for subtle performative gestures; the marking of bodies through the accumulation of light, the action of a lick, the construction of identities through the application of makeup, the gradation of the skin tone through light exposure, and the critique of white—white, the colour and the race. The performative elements of the works instill shifts in the relationship between the viewer’s body, vision, and consequent understanding. As an ensemble, they encourage reflections (in both senses of the word) on the politics of colour. The symbol ‘≠’ is not just presented as a negation here, it engenders a generative conversation about race, extending from an awareness of inequalities to the artistic presentation of shifting perspectives.

Click here for more information on the exhibition.


Kristina Lee Podesva is an artist, writer, educator, and Editor at Fillip based in San Francisco. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), No Soul for Sale at the Tate (London), Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City), and the Power Plant (Toronto), among other venues. Her writing has been published in Fillip and Bidoun, as well as in books and catalogues such as Turn Off the Sun, Waking Up from the Nightmare of Participation, Vector: Critical Research in Context, Recipes for an Encounter, Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, and Komma: (after Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun). She has co-edited the books Institutions by Artists: Volume 1, Tradition Versus Modernity, and 100% Vancouver. Currently, she teaches in the Curatorial Practice MA and Visual Art MFA programs at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and in the Low Residency Masters of Applied Arts program at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.

Kristina Lee Podesva will be the Blackwood Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence fromNovember 21 to December 1, 2013. For more information about the residency, please click here.