Archive Dive: The Graphics of Feminist Movements
On International Women’s Day, join facilitators Emily Davidson and Genevieve Flavelle for a unique online workshop looking at archival materials from local feminist organizing and movements from the 1970s to 1990s. The facilitators will share examples of graphics and ephemera from past feminist organizing and explore stories from the social movements that produced these materials. This will be followed by a participatory critique of the graphic design elements of the images and ephemera presented to the group. Participants can think of this workshop as one-part people’s history and one-part art school-style crit session!
About the Facilitators
Emily Davidson is a settler artist, activist and graphic designer based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her artistic practice uses printmaking to investigate the history of leftist political movements, imagine utopian futures, and agitate for social justice causes. Her current research focuses on the entangled relationship of print media in historic and ongoing colonization across Turtle Island, and the formation of settler-colonial states on Indigenous lands. Emily graduated from NSCAD University in 2009 (BFA, Interdisciplinary) and is a current MFA candidate at NSCAD University.
Genevieve Flavelle is an independent curator and PhD student in the Art History program at Queen’s University. She is a white settler of Scottish and French ancestry raised and currently living in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her doctoral research investigates the work of contemporary visual artists who are challenging traditional forms of historical research to give voice to underrepresented, forgotten, or imagined histories. Her broader research and curatorial interests include queer theory, queer feminist art histories, contemporary art, archives, public art, porn studies, and feminist curatorial strategies. She holds an MA from Western University and a BA from NSCAD University, both in Art History. She has curated exhibitions at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Kingston, ON), Younger Than Beyonce Gallery (Toronto, ON), and the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax, NS). Her writing has appeared in C Magazine, BlackFlash, Esse, and various exhibition catalogues.
How to participate
The workshop is free to attend and no experience necessary but advance registration is required. If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 1 and include the following info:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Indicate if you require ASL interpretation, closed captioning or have any access needs or concerns
Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver. More information, including Zoom video links and accessibility features, will be shared with registered participants via email in advance of the workshop.