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Art Workshop: Bâches Bleues Against Harm

Date and time
Monday, December 23, 2019

Art Workshop: Bâches Bleues Against Harm

“Abolition is both a practical organizing tool and a long-term goal.”
– Critical Resistance / criticalresistance.org/about

Bâches Bleues Against Harm is a workshop designed by artist Sheena Hoszko in collaboration with the Phi Foundation’s Department of Education and Public Engagement. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the exhibitions Eva & Franco Mattes: What Has Been Seen and Phil Collins, on view from November 8, 2019, to March 15, 2020.

This workshop is grounded in the sculptural materiality of blue plastic tarps: provisional, protective, repellent. Through individual and group actions involving these tarps, Bâches Bleues Against Harm examines how we interact with ourselves and the people around us when harm occurs. What do we do when we are harmed? What do we do when we cause harm? How do we take care of one another?

Bâches Bleues Against Harm is rooted in conversations on the history of prisons in so-called Quebec and Canada. More specifically, we will engage with the histories and concepts of prison abolition—past, present, and future—with the aim of mapping out and seeking to enact a less carceral, less punitive world.

Sheena Hoszko is a sculptor, anti-prison organizer, and Polish settler living and working in Tio'tia:ke / Mooniyang / Montréal. Her art practice examines the power dynamics of geographic, architectural, and psychological sites, and is informed by her family’s experiences with incarceration, the military, and mental illness. Selected exhibitions include Centre Clark and La Centrale (Montreal), A Space (Toronto), Artspace (Peterborough), The New Gallery (Calgary), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), and La Ferme du Buisson (Paris). Hoszko presented at the Queens Museum (NYC) as part of Open Engagement. Her writing has appeared in MICE Magazine and within Free Inside: The Life and Work of Peter Collins, published by Ad Astra Comix.

Photo: Sheena Hoszko

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