© Margaret Dragu, NEW NORMAL an embodied novel: dusk 2 dark, 2019. Photo Henry Chan.
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web/analog publication & performance art. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist, and community-based practices, she has shown her work in Canada, USA and Europe. Dragu was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (Canada Council for the Arts, 2012); the designation of Éminence Grise at the 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto. 2012); and in 2000, she was the first artist featured in FADO Performance Art Centre’s publication series, Canadian Performance Art Legends. Margaret celebrates 50+ years as a working artist. Her favourite art-making material is still the body despite or because of her bionic status as a grateful owner of two hip replacements.
Transmitting Trio A (1966) with Sara Wookey
Led by Sara Wookey, a group of dance and performance artists learn Yvonne Rainer’s seminal work, Trio A (1966). The starting point for this project is the shared conversation between dance and performance artists around the distinctions between repertoire and reenactment, in particular consideration of how these modes of archiving in live art relate to the increasing interest in presenting performance art and choreography in the museum.
An Interview with Margaret Dragu
FADO archive resident Jordan King interviews Margaret Dragu about archiving, parades, the domestic, and her 2000 performance Cleaning and Loving It. This interview is one in a series of three interviews by Jordan Beley with select artists about their work at FADO and the archive.
Real to Reel
As an immaterial practice, performance art’s relationship to archive has always been a fraught one. Using their own documentation from the FADO archive, these five artists activate and challenge the linear narrative of the archive by creating new video works inspired by (or even using) their own documentation material.
Videos by Gustaf Broms (Sweden), Heather Rule (Canada), Margaret Dragu (Canada), MC Coble (USA/Sweden), Simla Civelek (Canada).