I’m thrilled to have been honoured today by the Province of Manitoba as a woman artist in Manitoba who expresses and inspires new visions and perspectives for change in our world.
In 1973, shortly before his death, Pablo Neruda, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed poets, declared poetry to be an act of peace. Perhaps this was not an unanticipated declaration, given that Neruda’s life had been filled as much with diplomatic service as it had with poetry, gradually clarifying his commitment to human rights and political action at the same time as he was developing himself as a world-renowned poet.
Guy Maddin is undoubtedly one of the most original voices in contemporary moving image art, not only in Canada, but also in the world. His body of work resonates in an unexpected way, using the tropes of early cinema as the mechanism behind his art practice.