Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre and curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, Isolated Landscapes is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region or who were informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 – 2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres and reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time in response to the region’s perceived isolation and starkness, reflected in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.

A screening of selected videos will be shown at VIVO March 22, 2018 at 7pm, featuring videos by Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, Nida Home Doherty, Elvira Finnigan, Erika MacPherson, Hope Peterson & Maureen Medved, Garland Lam Turner, Dominique Rey, and Leslie Supnet.


1 Isolated – Nida Home Doherty (3:24, 1984)
2 Calamity – Shawn Dempsey & Lorri Millan (4:42, 2000)
3 Fair Trade – Leslie Supnet (4:31, 2009)
4 Night Bus to Fargo – Hope Peterson & Maureen Medved (20:03, 1991)


5 Singing with Teresa Teng – Garland Lam Turner (4:11, 2007)
6 Path – Elivira Finnigan (3:24, 2007)
7 Selling Venus – Dominique Rey (17:35, 2003)
8 Grandma Smokes for Jesus’s Love – Erika MacPherson (8:46, 1993)

Q&A with Maureen Medved and Garland Lam Turner


All the works are held in the archives of Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Many of the artists had early support from Video Pool, thereby demonstrating the many regional partnerships and mutual support networks of artists and agencies in the region. The project has four stages, an exhibition and series of performances, a public gathering to discussion of the history and future of women working in Media Arts, a free online screening on; all in November 2017. Now in its fourth stage screenings touring Canada, to Regina, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal.

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

About the 

Maureen Medved is a fiction and screen writer, playwright and an essayist for Herizons as well as Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been distributed and performed internationally. Maureen has been nominated for and won a number of awards. Bruce McDonald directed a film based on Maureen’s screenplay adaptation of her novel, The Tracey Fragments, which screened at MOMA and also won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize at the 57th Berlinale. Her novel, Black Star, will be published by Anvil Press in 2018. Another book, a collection of essays on women in screen and television, will be published by Anvil in 2019.


Garland Lam Turner is a visual artist that specializes in painting, illustration, amateur animation and experimental video editing. Her work is informed by the Asian-Canadian experience and its investigation of traditional Chinese culture and its impact on second generation Canadians, often exploring concepts of identity, memory, culture and personal story telling. Currently she resides in Vancouver, BC as a Montessori teacher and art educator.

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