Happening: Something to Write Home About Workshop with Emily Jan

Free admission
Date and time
Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 1 PM to 5 PM

On Sunday September 9, join DHC/ART Education for a Happening! Co-hosted with local artist Emily Jan, the Happening marks the end of the workshop Something to Write Home About by offering a special edition of it titled Counter-Mapping the World.

For the occasion, artist Emily Jan invites participants to conjure their own personal geographies by superimposing them on a wall-sized vintage schoolroom map of the world, taking a cue from Bharti Kher’s Points of Departure series. Making use of the same methods and materials as the Something to Write Home About workshop, participants will work alongside each other and Jan to collectively collage remembered and imaginary lands.

The final hour of the Happening will be dedicated to unifying the piece by “drawing” vectors over its surface using dot stickers reminiscent of the bindis in Kher’s work.

The Happening is ongoing (from 1 to 5 PM), bilingual, free of charge, and open to all visitors. No reservation is required.

Something to Write Home About is the result of a collaboration between Emily Jan and DHC/ART Education, in conjunction with the exhibition Bharti Kher: Points de départ, points qui lient.

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Emily Jan is a Montreal-based artist and writer. She creates contemporary wunderkammer: large-scale hyper-realistic installations of handmade flora and fauna mixed with found objects that evoke the faraway and the fantastical. To this end, Jan’s work seeks to transport a form of distant experience to the viewer—to stretch the boundaries of our collective imaginings in order to encompass the unseen, to learn to love the unknown as well as the familiar, and to relearn what it means to be a human living in a world roiling with turmoil and catastrophe, but yet still mysterious and beautiful.

Jan’s work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Recent awards include the Excellence in Fibers Award 2017 (Fiber Art Now and the San Jose Textile Museum, USA) and the People’s Choice Award at Fiberarts International Triennale 2016 (Pittsburgh, USA). She has recently been an Artist in Residence at Gibraltar Point (2018), the Elsewhere Museum (2017) and Denali National Park (2016). She has written and illustrated two books: still life (2014) and A Denali Book of Hours (2017).

Photo: Souligna Koumphonphakdy

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