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Chicago Cultural Planner Speaking at the WAG

October 26, 2010 6:05 AM | Entertainment

By Brian Schultz

A Chicago-based artist known for her work on themes of war and peace will speak at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Wednesday, November 3.

Barbara Koenen’s work has included recreating Afghani war rugs in public performances. The rugs are created out of spices and seeds using a technique similar to that of sand mandalas created by Buddhist monks. They have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. Her current work involves investigations into the cultural intersection of pomegranates and hand grenades.

Koenen — a cultural planner for the city of Chicago — will be in Winnipeg as part of My City’s Still Breathing, a symposium put on by the Winnipeg Arts Council.

She will appear at the WAG’s ‘Art for Lunch’ at 12:10 p.m. Tickets to the talk are $5 and are available at the door.