Words from Her Side will feature 10 female Montreal-based poets and an open mic opportunity for 5 emerging writers.
Words from Her Side is an event created in connection with the feminist Montreal theatre company, Imago Theatre as a part of their Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist festival which looks at women who revision known narratives to reclaim Her Side of the Story from the footnotes.
Watch this performance progress throughout the night as the artist translates T.S. Eliot’s canonical poem “The Waste Land” into a knitted tapestry. The artist will knit the 500-line poem over 12 hours, using a pattern she created by translating the stressed & unstressed beats of each line of poetry into lines of knit & purl stitches. Eliot’s poem uses intentionally obscure language & references and was written to be understood only by his fellow male Modernists. What happens when Eliot’s coded language is translated into the coded language of a knitting pattern? By performing the hidden labour of knitting, Bebenek critiques the artificial divide between ‘fine arts’ & ‘crafts’ and the systemic devaluation of ‘women’s work’.
Touch the tapestry, listen to the words, read the pattern, discuss ideas, and follow along at #k2togproject & @notyrmuse on Instagram.
Includes an excerpted version of my essay “Something That’s Dead”.
"We are excited to announce the Canadian launch of Fermenting Feminism, an international, multi-disciplinary project that takes the form of a publication and site-specific exhibitions, screenings, and events.
Fermenting Feminism, a limited edition artist’s book curated by Lauren Fournier and published by the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. Design by Zille Bostinius.
Limited copies of the Fermenting Feminism publication will be available."
Featuring artists Sarah Nasby, Agustine Zegers, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Regina de Miguel and Lucrecia Dalt, Sharlene Bamboat
"Join us on our 3rd and 4th Floor for the Opening Reception of twelth annual HARD TWIST: Yarn, the twelfth annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to explore the art of narrative through textile.
Yarn me a yarn, spin me a tale, string me along – tell me a story! Whether speaking of the solid stuff of truth or of fabricating a tissue of lies, it’s hard to tell a story without the textile words and imagery that weave their way through the fabric of language and lore.
Hard Twist 12 - Yarn challenges artists to spin a tale with thread, but without words.
Hard Twist has become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature event for the Gladstone."
I will be exhibiting my collection of knitted tapestries, ‘k2tog’, in which I translate into knitting patterns poems by women speaking to each other through time and literary history. For more on this project, see my essay & pictures on The Volta.
Exhibiting alongside independent artists & collectives including Cath Adele, Bar None, Vicki Burns, Victoria Carley, Cynella Cyril, Lide Downe, Elise Graham, Grete Grip, HAMAZA Collective, Spencer J, Harrison, Jenn Judson, Kaythi, Sandra Mannila, Ashlee Marcus, Judy Martin, Kate McGrann, Jackie Partridge, Liz Plead, Corrie Peters, Brooke Ripley, Hana P Rotchild, Lois Schklar, Matthew Varey, and Yarn Blitzers.
Hard Twist: Yarn Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ Gladstone Hotel (Toronto, ON) @ 7-10pm