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Margaret Dragu

VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting


November 17, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Curator: Nan Capogna

Governor-General Award Winner Margaret Dragu presents her first Gallery-based solo exhibition. VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting includes a new video work as well as performance videos and interactive props. Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu’s lens focuses on footage from Berlin and Belfast as well as documentation from her 2009-2011 performances of VERB WOMAN: a dance of forgetting (dedicated to her mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease).

As a perfomance artist, Dragu enacts various personae to explore history, memory and performance in the everyday. Using art-aktion verbs, everyday kinetics, and collected Alzheimer’s verbs, VERB WOMAN explores notions of histories and cultural memories while she creates multiple volumes for her ongoing VERB WOMAN: a discrete dictionary.

Margaret Dragu has contributed to the Canadian art community through her long practice, her many collaborations, and her inventive approach to multi-disciplinarity. Her practice reaches across four decades, spans the country, has forayed internationally and encompasses dance and choreography, acting, film, video, radio, writing and curating. She has been awarded recognition in the form of Canada Council, External Affairs, BC Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants, funding for TV, film and video production, and has been the subject of numerous articles, catalogues and was the first subject of FADO’s Performance Art Legends series.




Above: VERB WOMAN: a kaleidoscopic history, with b. burroughs and Ed Johnson as participants, Sarnia, Ontario, May 2010.

Teachers Guide

Themes: Performance art and Mail Art


VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/a dance of forgetting
Authors: Michael Turner
Purchase for $2


Interview with Margaret Dragu


Listen to the podcast made for this exhibition.

Richmond youth meet with Margaret Dragu to discuss her work, and give their opinions on her RAG exhibition.