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Clive Holden's Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia) on-line questionnaire, the Manitoba Version
What Would Manitoba Look Like Today if Louis Riel Had Succeeded?
He's many Canadians' favourite political hero/folk hero. What if Louis Riel had joined forces with Sitting Bull and the Dakota Sioux? Would the country still stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific? Was the Métis leader's vision of a homeland across Western Canada a utopian dream, in other words something desirable and also impossible? Would we have a different system of government today? Whose head would be on our money? Whose God in our constitution? The "Father of Manitoba" did speak of his divine direction, that God chose him as a prophet for his people. How many of our best leaders have this belief? Does it matter, if they lead us well? Louis Riel was executed for high treason. How many of our most visionary utopians have we lost in this way?
Exhibition June 6 to 30, 2009, presented by the WNDX Festival of Film & Video Art at PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.
Opening reception and Big Disco Party: Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 8 pm+.
Artist's Lecture and Utopian Conversation: Saturday, June 6, 2009 @ 2 pm, Winnipeg Cinematheque.
Winner of the 2009 Grange Prize: Marco A. Cruz
The annual $50,000 Grange Prize is the largest of its kind in Canada and its recipient is the only one chosen entirely by the public. Every year select photographers from Canada and a different country are nominated, and the public votes to determine the winner. This year's partnering country was Mexico. A selection of works from all four candidates will be on display at the AGO until June 26, 2009.
To learn more about the Grange Prize and the participating artists visit www.thegrangeprize.com