EATa III | Women In Focus: The First Decade | 1974-1984

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The EVENING AT THE ARCHIVE SERIES (EATa) is an intimate and interactive dinner fundraiser in support of the conservation programs at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive (CDMLA). This intimate and interactive series brings together materials unique to our Archive around a specific fond, and provides a rare opportunity for you to engage in a collegial conversation with the artists, activists, and cultural workers who were critical players in that historical moment.

In this third iteration of the series, we look at the first decade of  Women in Focus (WIF) – Vancouver’s original feminist media centre, distributor and galleryfrom its inception as part of the Women’s Office at the University of British Columbia in 1974 to the end of Marion Barling’s term as director in 1984.

WIF’s aim was to provide training and tools to women to create positive images of women and validate their life experiences. Through our exhibit of original publications, photographic materials, video and film produced by Women In Focus, we’ll reflect on Second Wave Feminism, activist media strategies, and Vancouver women artists in the 1970s and 1980s.

WIF Alumni in Attendance

VIVO is honoured to have worked closely with Marion Barling throughout her years at WIF, and in organizing the WIF files these last few years. Marion,  contributed her memories to the evening along with production alumni, directors,  and those involved in WIF’s Vancouver Women’s Video & Film Festival (1979).

Marion Barling: Founder & Director of WIF; film and videomaker.
Marion Dodds
Suzanne Perrault
Mickey McCaffrey
Shawn Preus

Videos Digitized

Thanks to your donations, we were able to digitize 10 videos from the Women In Focus Fond for this event. The videos were selected by Marion Barling.


Our dinner was an Italian buffet, expertly prepared by the brilliant chefs at Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, our neighbours and cultural partners in Renfrew-Collingwood.


Curator | Karen Knights

Archivist | Crista Dahl

Video Selection | Marion Barling

Exhibit text | Stephane Bernard

Graphic Designer | Ciaron Fitzpatrick

Technician | Alex Muir and Sebnam Ozpeta (digitization)

Special Thanks | Marion Barling, Ciaron Fitzpatrick, Stephane Bernard who donated their time and talents to the event.

Missed getting a ticket for EATa?  Please consider making a donation to our Digitization Programs.

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Karen previously worked at VIVO as Librarian, Distributor, and Programming Coordinator (1984-1999) and as an independent curator and critic. She has a special passion for artist-run centre archives and has been commissioned to create historical surveys and touring exhibitions for EM Media (Calgary) and ED Video (Guelph), and writings based on the Western Front and VIVO collections. Her essay “Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and Independents” was recently included in EM Media’s 30th anniversary publication “Expanded Standard Time”.