Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

January 19 - April 19, 2016

Photographs, text, video and music reconstruct the life and work of Natalie Brettschneider, a historical genre-blurring, performance artist.

Brettschneider’s narrative is interwoven with references to people and places that the Vancouver-based artist Carol Sawyer has uncovered in her process of research, and by the site-specific insertion of historical artworks and archival material.

As a feminist critique of art historical narrative conventions, Sawyer’s project illuminates the persistent gaps and omissions of official histories, and the ways in which photographs are used to support cultural assumptions about gender, age, authorship, and art-making.

Sawyer is the second artist to be featured in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series. The series creates artist-led, open-ended opportunities to research and activate the collection through a week-long research residency at CUAG and subsequent exhibition. It stimulates the production of new artworks and fresh ways of seeing and thinking about the Carleton University collection.

CUAG acknowledges the support of Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada and National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada as lenders to the exhibition.

Curated by

Heather Anderson

Artists in the exhibition

Carol Sawyer



Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

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