ARTIFACTS, formed in 1983 by Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee, produces feminist collaborative works which combine the concerns of art and theatre; they have fused these traditions into a unique hybridity. Ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural normalization, ARTIFACTS engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces. While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also created video and visual exhibitions. Research-in-process and doing-as-action define their practice.
Leena Raudvee is a Toronto-based visual and performance artist. She has performed for the DCAC in Washington DC, for Process at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto and for the Collision Inter Arts Symposium at the University of Victoria, B.C. In 2016 she exhibited a collaborative piece On the Brink at the Rebecca Gallery in Toronto and her drawings and photographs have been included in numerous juried shows. As Co-Artistic Director of ARTIFACTS Leena Raudvee has performed for festivals, in galleries and on the street. She is Associate Director of WIAprojects and is a member of the WIAprojects collective.
Pam Patterson has been teaching and coordinating, Art and Design Education, in the Faculty of Art at OCADU since 2010. From 2004-2018, she was Associate Scholar for the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto where she directed WIAprojects, an interdisciplinary program in community-based, arts-informed, feminist-inspired research. As a performance and visual artist, she has exhibited and performed across Canada and internationally. Recent performance/video works include Brick, a commissioned performance for Visualeyez, Latitude 53, Edmonton and Red Square for TorinoPERFORMANCEART International Festival, Turin, Italy. Patterson will be showing new drawings and photo works for the Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 2018 and for a solo exhibition, A batter’d dhip undiminished, Gallery 1313, Toronto.