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Exhibitions

Drawing from Our Experience: Mental Health in Focus
April 16 - May 3, 2014

Artist: Joanne Hui (Montréal, Québec)

Curator: Karine Di Genova

Closing Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 2014 from 3pm until 5pm
Artist and curator will be present.

The Foreman Art Gallery is proud to present Drawing from Our Experience: Mental Health in Focus, the final project of the Community Art Lab three-year research initiative titled “How Does Art Teach?”  The exhibit will be open to the public from April 16 until May 3rd.

This cultural mediation project is the result of a true collaborative effort on the part of graphic designer Joanne Hui, curator Karine Di Genova, female students from Bishop’s University as well as Oasis santé mentale and Mental Health Estrie, two organizations supporting the mental health of the Anglophone community of the Eastern Townships. Women who daily confront mental illness—either as caregivers or by being themselves affected—generously agreed to share their personal experiences. Their testimonies will be featured in the exhibition in graphic novels penned by Joanne Hui. Visitors will also see work by students who have participated in introductory workshops led by the artist on how to create a graphic novel. They will be invited to contribute to a collective comic jam as well as share their feelings of gratitude in an interactive installation.  

In addition, the public is invited to watch two impactful documentaries examining the intersection of art and mental health.  What’s Art Got to Do With It (2013), by Isabelle Fryszberg, occupational therapist and filmmaker, “Is an insider’s view of Toronto’s Creative Works Studio that fosters healing and recovery through the arts.”Crooked Beauty (2011), a poetic documentary by Ken Paul Rosenthal, “Reshapes mental health stigmas through a new healing culture and political model for living with madness as a tool of creativity, inspiration and hope.”

Exhibit catalogue – The opening reception will serve as the launch of the exhibit catalogue, to which Dr. Fuschia Sirois and Dr. Adrianna Mendrek of the Psychological Health and Well-being Research Cluster have generously contributed.

Artist Biography – Joanne Hui was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto. She is now based in Montréal, as a practicing visual artist and doctoral student. Her work explores notions of identity in comic art, and in particular, how graphic art addresses culturally specific and historical conditions of migration. Hui is also interested in the intersections of the independent artists’ practice with collectively authored art experience. She holds a BFA from Queen’s University and an MFA from Concordia University, where she is now a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture program. Recent works include Shanghai Daily (2008), a graphic novel travel collage, The Potato Wars: Chinese-Canadian Resistance during the Exclusion Era, which was exhibited in DIASPORArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities, in Ottawa at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, in 2009. In 2010, Hui co-authored a mini-comic with Yesica Macias, Alexandra Wilson and Vaimoana Heyman, titled Drawing from What Berel Bosker Said, which was developed from the video testimony of a Holocaust survivor. This project was presented in Washington D.C. for the conference Bearing Witness: Memory, Representation and Pedagogy in a Post-Holocaust Age, co-organized by Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Hui’s current project, the graphic travelogue EXPO DAILY (2011-13), was presented at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the Gendai Gallery and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Hui’s work is included in collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and Galerie Simon Blais in Montréal.

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and financially supported with funds from the City of Sherbrooke.

The documentary What’s Art Got to Do With It (2013) is exhibited with the kind permission of the CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Links:

Press release

Round Table Event "Health and Well-being in Arts and in Life"

Click on the links below to see artist Joanne Hui's works in PDF format from the exhibition:

Introduction to Artist

Clay Cup

How to host a Comic Jam

Life with Trolls

Rose Colored Glasses

Seniors Living with Mental Illness