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Summer 2019
Summer 2019: Femme


June 15, 2019, to September 14, 2019

This issue gathers art, stories and ideas that each, in its own way, unfolds and even subverts the many ways that we see and understand the idea of “femme.” There is no strict definition of what it means to be femme, or what “femme” is. Rather, it’s something that encompasses a multiplicity of voices, sexualities, attitudes, forms, bodies, emotions, identities, performances and lived experiences that are also, at times, contradictory. The idea of femme is always changing, adapting, being reimagined and reinforced, and pushing back on the status quo—this is its power.

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Zadie Xa

Mood Rings, Crystals and Opal Coloured Stones (still, detail), 2016. HD video, 21 min. Courtesy the artist. Collection Arts Council of England.



Zadie Xa’s journey through ritual, folklore and matrilineal legacies

Every Day

For artist jes sachse, straws represent a kind of freedom—from the histories of labour and the constraints of daily life

The Showstoppers

A new generation of drag stars is changing how we think about performance art

The Current Comes from There

In September 2020, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre opened its doors in Edmonton. Find out more about how the Indigenous art centre came to be in this summer 2019 feature.


In Your Face

A national survey of 10 artists who find new ways to define feminism

Artist Project

The Laughing Snake

This project uses the myth of a jinn—a supernatural creature or monstrous figure in Arabian mythology—to explore the status of women and the female body in the Middle East.

by Morehshin Allahyari


Conversations with artists and curators on upcoming projects


On Ekphrasis and Emphasis

“All artwork is an optic of voyeurism”: An expanded story from our Summer issue looks at the ethics of representation for Indigi-queer artists


Just Mom

My mother has never forgotten the day the nun in day school told her that she was of a dying race—these were the kinds of things that fuelled her activism


Like a Vessel

Drones, moms and menopause: video artist Stephanie Comilang and performer and musician Peaches talk about all the ways that art helps represent—and resist—gender



In lo-fi and slower time: on watching Toronto’s only artist-run, public-access online TV station

Her Metal

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, January 19 to May 19, 2019


Ways of Doing

“I worked in my garage, took some welding courses, got equipped and worked for about 10 years like that”


A Look at Northern Ontario Arts’ Striking Start, and Vital Now

From Ojibwe-language exhibition catalogues to Sudbury mural festivals to Tom Thomson's mandolin, there's lots to experience in, of and around this land

Curators’ Tips for an Art Tour of Eastern Ontario

There are top-notch exhibitions all over this region of the province—and top-notch artists, too

Southwestern Ontario Sparks Exceptional Art

“I was a hardcore Torontonian.... until I left,” laughs Guelph gallerist Renann Isaacs

Summer 2019: Femme