Dissections is an ongoing event series presented in conjunction with our exhibition program. Through each of its iterations, Dissections aims to generate interdisciplinary dialogue and foster a renewed engagement with contemporary art through a multiplicity of perspectives.
Throughout the world, people who identify as women still do the lion’s share of housework. Drawing on works where such labour is explored, such as Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Maintenance Art Manifesto (1969) and Chantal Akerman’s film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, Bruxelles 1080 (1975), the performance invites us all to reconsider the relative value of domestic and intellectual work.
The project also serves a celebration of the gestures, tricks, and tactics of domestic and intellectual work. The public is invited to simply watch, or to also participate in the Zoom performance, simultaneously performing their own housework task, accompanying the 20 performers from home with cameras on.
Joanna Walsh is a multidisciplinary writer for print, digital, and performance. The author of eleven books (several co-written with AI that she has coded), her publishers include Semiotext(e), Bloomsbury, and Verso. Her work has been performed/exhibited at venues including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), and Sample Studios Cork. She also works as an editor and university teacher. She is a 2020 Markievicz Awardee and a UK Arts Foundation fellow. She founded and ran the Twitter campaign @Read_Women (2014-2018), described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers” and currently runs @noentry_arts (also Twitter).
More Events at PHI
May 3 → October 29
The immersive experience Space Explorers: THE INFINITE, presented in the Old Port, is back in Montreal featuring new captivating content captured in space
August 1 → October 31
An immersive exhibition that explores the connections between sexuality and technology
August 23 → October 22
Tune out the everyday noise and lose yourself in Montréal’s new immersive listening room
The rapidly rising DJ presents an exhilarating performance that fuses styles in his own unique way
In collaboration with Film POP, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art presents Fictional Revolutionary Leaders, a double bill including Gloria Camiruaga’s Popsicles (1984) and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s Oriana (2022)