From September 17 2008 to September 28 2008

Gender Alarm! Nouveaux féminismes en art actuel

Exhibition september 17 to september 28, 2008
Opening friday, septembre 17, 7pm
Screening Night thursday, september 259, 8pm
Panel september 26, 6pm at Condordia


GENDER ALARM! Nouveaux féminismes en art actuel is an event series organized by La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse in celebration of our new mandate’s first anniversary. GENDER ALARM! will feature a group exhibition and performance night, a film and video screening, as well as a round-table discussion with a panel of participants well-known for their influential reflections on feminism and gender theories.

GENDER ALARM! will focus on the role of emerging feminist discourses within contemporary art and mark the start of La Centrale’s 2008-2009 programming season, with bold exhibitions and performances addressing the new mandate.

Since its inception in 1973, La Centrale has had the mandate of disseminating contemporary art by Québécoises, Canadian and international women artists. This mandate sought to counter the under-representation of women within contemporary art institutions by creating a space that both fosters and supports their work, while making it available to a larger public as well. Feminism has undergone various permutations over the past four decades, and the history of La Centrale’s activities reflects our ongoing critical questioning of these transformations. In 2007, La Centrale adopted a new mandate which no longer limits the center to a women-only space. La Centrale’s revised mandate is informed by a definition of feminism that questions power relations in our society and concerns itself with a wider range of societal issues, including the implications of gender regulations, regimes of sexuality, class, race and imperialism. Consequently, the center now aims to engage more effectively with discourses in postcolonial and Third-World feminisms, as well as in emerging fields such as trans-feminism and masculinity studies.

Growing out of the feminist art movement and founded in 1973, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse is one of the oldest artist-run centers in Quebec. The center’s mandate expands on a history of feminist art practices and supports a broad spectrum of underrepresented artists and their initiatives within established art institutions. We aim to provide a platform for contemporary art informed by feminist and gender theory, as well as by intercultural and transdisciplinary practices. This involves networking and developing professional exchanges at the local, national and international levels. In order to allow intergenerational dialogue, we promote the work of artists at all stages of their careers. The programming and events presented by the gallery reflect the interests and involvements of our membership.


Schedule of activities

Exhibition (check gallery opening hours) A selection of artists representing aspects of La Centrale’s new mandate. Lynne Chan (NYC), Jacinthe Loranger (MTL), Will Munro (TO), Noam Lapid (MTL), Fereshteh Toosi (Syracuse), Emily Laliberté (MTL), Anthea Black (Calgary), Arwa Abouon (MTL), Insoon Ha (TO), The After Party (USA/CN)

September 18 Feminist Art Walk, 4pm
Meeting point at The 2110 Center for Gender Advocacy 2110 Mackay, annex v-01, Concordia University
The 2110 Center for Gender advocacy invites you to join us on a 2-hour long walking tour of feminist art galleries and spaces in Montreal and to engage in discussions with local artists and activists as we explore the importance of critical transformations of art spaces, institutions, and the mandates guiding them. Tour guided by Erin Silver. Co-presented with The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy. For more info : 514.848.2424, ext. 7431 or email

September 19 Vernissage 7pm / Performances 9pm
Come celebrate our herstory and welcome in our new mandate with live performances curated by Coral Short. Featuring... D’bi Young (TO), Mike Hickey (TO), Trish Salah (MTL), Insoon Ha (TO), Dayna McLoed (MTL), Coral Short (MTL), and more!

September 25 Screening 8pm
Feminist Film Cells Travel through 4 decades of women’s film and video that explore the body, identity, aggression, anti-oppression, escape and love. Lisa Steele, Martha Rosler, Annie Brunette, Mirha-Soleil Ross & Mark Karbusicky, Les Reines Prochaines, Alanis Obomsawin, and more!

September 26 Panel 6pm Nouveaux féminismes en art actuel
Concordia University, EV Building, room 1.605 (1515 Ste-Catherine West, corner of Bishop)
Join in discussion and conversation with prominent cultural workers, artists and organizers in the fields of art, academia, feminist and gender studies. Moderator : Dr Kristina Huneault (Concordia, Mtl) / Panelists : Helena Reckitt (Power Plant, TO), Trish Salah (Simone de Beauvoir Institute, MTL), Thérèse St-Gelais (UQAM, MTL), Denise Brown (Leeway Foundation, PA) and Julie Châteauvert (Dare-Dare, MTL)

September 27 Workshop 3pm Inclusive Spaces / Espaces inclusifs
This workshop will address the transition that many feminist institutions have made from women-only spaces to more inclusive centers, with Denise Brown of the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia. Co-presented with The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy. For more information call 514.848.2424 ext. 7431 or email

September 28 Workshop 3pm Gendered Tongues / Parlons genre(s
Languages are not grammatically neutral -- perhaps more obviously in French, but English is a ‘he/man’ language like any other. So how do we express ourselves into reality? Take this opportunity to come discuss, practice (even invent!) language strategies that counter the so-called ‘universal’ masculine and allow us to speak/write difference more freely. Dual-language discussion will be led by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood.


La Centrale would like to thank our artists, members, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, les Brasseurs GMT, Quincaillerie Azores and Susanne de L.-Harwood.