McIntosh Gallery & Art Now! Present: Ibghy & Lemmens in conversation with Tony Weis

September 24, 2020, 7:00 pm
Featuring Richard Ibghy, Marilou Lemmens, Tony Weis, moderated by Dr. Helen Gregory

Join us for a panel discussion hosted on Zoom in partnership with the Western University Department of Visual Arts’ Art Now! Speakers Series on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. Moderated by McIntosh Gallery Curator Dr. Helen Gregory, Theatre from the Jungle artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens and Associate Professor of Geography Tony Weis will discuss the exhibition presented at McIntosh Gallery as it relates to themes of industrial agriculture and socio-economic cross-border labour issues. 

Theatre from the Jungle is a collaborative video installation by artist-duo Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens that investigates the experience of immigrant labour in the Canadian meatpacking industry. Developed with the participation of workers who come from a variety of cultural and migratory circumstances, the project addresses life within imbricated socio-cultural, economic, legal, and cross-border labour issues.

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About the panelists:

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens live and work in Durham-Sud, Quebec, Canada. Most recently, their work was presented in solo exhibitions at the Bemis Center for Contemorary Arts, Omaha (2019), VOLT, Visningsrommet USF Gallery, Bergen (2019), the Audian Gallery, SFU Galleries (2018), Agnes Etherington Art Centre (2017), Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017), Owens Art Gallery (2017), the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (2016), Esker Foundation (2016), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2016), VOX (2014), Trinity Square Video (2014), and Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2012). They have participated in a number of group exhibitions including the 1st Fiskars Biennale, Finland (2019), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2018), Columbus Museum of Art (2018), 2nd OFF-Biennale, Budapest (2017), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (2017), XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2016), Blackwood Gallery (2016), Art Gallery of Guelph (2016), Postmasters Gallery (2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), La Biennale de Montréal (2014), Manif d’art 7: Quebec City Biennial (2014), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2013), Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2012) and 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011). Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens have published four artist's books and their writings have been published in books, catalogues and magazines. A comprehensive monograph about their practice as well as a book dedicated to one of their works, The Prophets, will be published in 2020. They have been awarded the Prix Giverny Capital in 2019 and the Research Fellowship of the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment in 2020.

Tony Weis’ research is broadly located in the field of political ecology, with a focus on agriculture and food systems. His research was initially rooted in the Caribbean, examining the economic and environmental challenges facing small farmers within highly inequitable landscapes, and how neoliberal policy restructuring, trade liberalization, and surging imports have compounded enduring injustices. Attention to the historical and political economic dimensions of small farmers' struggles led him towards his first book, The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming, which analyzed the historical foundations, structural imbalances, and socioecological instabilities of world agriculture and food systems. Following this, much of Tony’s research has focused on the illusions of cheap food and the biophysical contradictions of industrial agro-food systems, with particular attention to the phenomenal growth of livestock production. His second book, The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock, develops a conceptual framework for understanding the wide-ranging costs of this momentous aspect of agrarian (and dietary) change. Tony has been in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario since 2004, where he teaches courses centered on agriculture and food, environment and development, and animal geographies.

Theatre from the Jungle is on at McIntosh Gallery from September 17 to October 24, 2020. The gallery will be open by appointment until further notice. For more information about arranging your next gallery visit, click here.