Arts Blog

Carleton Brings Artist 2Fik Back to Minnesota

October 3, 2018

Bio

2Fik is a multidisciplinary artist. His work combines simultaneously photography, video, modeling, and performance art. In the same way that he deals in the multiplicities of forms, he tackles the multiplicities of identity. Whether he is directing the camera or the subject of a photograph, 2Fik confronts the boundaries placed around identities and the expectations on gender. Born in Paris to Moroccan parents, 2Fik now lives and works in Montreal, as a photographer, model, stylist, and artistic director — always encouraging people to question what they see.

Background

This fall, 2Fik is coming to Carleton thanks to a Mellon Public Works project headed by Stephanie Cox, Senior Lecturer in the French Department and the Cross-Cultural Studies Department at Carleton College. While on campus, he will serve as the Center for Community and Civic Engagement Artist-in-Residence for three weeks (October 15-November 5). 2Fik first came to Carleton in 2011 and in 2013, he came back to participate in the Carleton’s Living-Learning Community pilot for first-year students, Civil Discourse on a Diverse Campus. Helping students take ownership of the past, he assisted Carleton students in recreating portraits of Carleton presidents to help students envision their goals for the future of their community. 

Events

Continuing to support difficult, productive discussions, this fall 2Fik will be extending his vision and support to more Carleton courses, community groups in Northfield, and the larger metro area. He will be visiting classes in the French, Cross-Cultural Studies, Theater and Dance, Art History, Photography, and Political Science departments. The Humanities Center will host an artist discussion and workshops for the larger community. Incorporating the community outside of Carleton walls, 2Fik will be visiting Francophones and Francophiles of the Twin Cities and Northfield, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Public Library, the Northfield Public Schools, Macalester College, and St. Olaf College.

Exhibit

His visit is planned around “Gear Shifts,” an exhibit featuring two new acquisitions of the Perlman Teaching Museum: “La Grande intendante,” “Le Dernier bain d’Abdel,” and items of the Guerrilla Girls. This exhibit which will run from October 19 to November 5 demonstrates Carleton’s commitment to using art as a teaching tool. These photographs are reinterpretations of well-known paintings and will continue to be integrated into curriculum by professors for years to come. Carleton welcomes 2Fik this October to celebrate the integration of his important work into Carleton’s multidisciplinary pedagogical approach to discussing identity.

Public Events

"Dissidentity: Portraying Labels to Break Them" - Artist Talk at Macalester College on Monday, October 15, 4:45-6:15 PM.

"Dissidentity: Portraying Labels to Break Them" - Artist Talk at St. Olaf College on Thursday, October 18, 11:30-12:45 PM

Tea Time: Exhibit Tour with Gender & Sexuality Center on Friday, October 19, 4:00-6:00 PM in the Mar-G Lounge, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

"Gear Shifts" - Exhibit at the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College from Friday, October 19 to November 5. The opening reception will be from 7:00-9:00 PM on 10/19.

"Breaking Borders" - A conversation with the artist at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, October 22, at 7:00-8:00 PM.

"Bring Your Own Heels" - A runway workshop for everyone (all genders) on Thursday, October 25 at 5:00-7:00 PM in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College (in Lome or Mar-G Lounge). Hosted by the Gender & Sexuality Center as part of Telling Your Own Journey Week.

"Dating Apps: The Art of Self Curating and Performance" - Artist Talk at Carleton College in Leighton 304 on Tuesday, October 30 at 5:00-6:30 PM.

"High Heels" - Workshop & Performance at the Northfield Arts Guild. A performance in which men practice and then display a military march in heels. Sign up with the Northfield Arts Guild to participate! All are welcome to come watch on Friday, November 2 at 5:00-6:30 PM.

Exhibit Closing Reception in the Mar-G Lounge, Weitz Center for Creativity on Friday, November 2 at 7:00-9:00 PM.

2Fik will host regular office hours where he will be available to Carleton students, and faculty as well as the general public. Find him in Room 158 in the CCCE suite in the Sayles Hill Campus Center!