Tell: Stories of a Girlhood is a live-art story-telling project exploring suspended adolescence through a performative lens examining questions of how do we collectively survive and thrive through the presence of gender-based violence? Told through multiple diverse feminist voices; this is a live ‘zine’ response inspired by Soraya Peerbaye’s poetry collection Tell: Poems of a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), which examines the memory of Reena Virk (March 10th, 1983 - Nov 14, 1997) who was bullied to death on November 14th, 1997 in Saanich, British Columbia. Our response begins in the position of survivors where we will collectively build, share, and imagine spaces of healing for nuanced embodied girlhoods told through socially-engaged activities, dialogue, sharing, and performance art.
Participating artists: Kiera Boult, Ashlee Harper, Laboni Islam, Sylvia Limbana, Sofy Mesa and Annie Wong.
Directed by: Annie Wong
Produced by: Marilyn Fernandes and Pamila Matharu
Presented by Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography as part of Field of Vision.
Established in 2013, Sister Co-Resister - the collective formerly known as Bonerkill - is an feminist art collective focused on collaborative art-making and trans-disciplinary exchange. Crisscrossing public pedagogy, intersectional feminism and contemporary art; Sister Co-Resister works through social practice, installation, performance and publishing, as a catalyst for social change.
Recent exhibits and socially-engaged projects have taken place at Xpace Cultural Centre, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at UT Art Museum, Jouez at the Big on Bloor Festival, Window Winnipeg, and Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursdays. Sister Co-Resister will be featured in the upcoming summer exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario's Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, at Art Gallery of Ontario and this fall, at Art Gallery of York University's Migrating the Margins.
Sister Co-Resister is: Kiera Boult, Marilyn Fernandes, Ananda Gabo, Ashlee Harper, Shaista Latif, Syliva Limbana, Pamila Matharu, Sofia Mesa, and Annie Wong.