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The inPrint is excited to announce the launch of our first artist residency to take place in our community print studio!

Poetry inPrint is a writer’s residency in a printmaker’s studio. Collaborating with local author Jacqueline Valencia, organizer of the Toronto Poetry Talks Symposium, this program pairs seven local visual artists, including members of the inPrint Collective, with seven local poets. Artists and poets are at various stages in their career, and will spend the next several months working together to create a series of hand-printed, and hand-bound chapbooks.

This project will create new bodies of bookworks, taking its cues from recent and on-going conversations of systemic oppression as experienced in the CanLit world and twinned in the visual arts. We take the position with this residency that art is not made in a vacuum, that social and historical contexts shape what stories we tell and hear, what images we make and see, mirroring back not just aesthetics but identities and paradigms that impact lived realities. It is not meaningless when CanLit heavyweights in major university programs proclaim that there are no good modern women writers worth teaching, or when other authors quit due to anti-black racism. This is mirrored in the art world, where not too long ago a spate of women-identified curators and directors were fired for being ‘too political’ and ‘too demanding’. These are but just a few examples, as we see our newsfeeds reflect even more attacks on reproductive access, LGBTQ rights, immigration, Indigenous land treaties, and more. This project is timely, and we are excited to share what this group of artists has to say back.

From June to October, each artist pairing will work together to develop an original, illustrated book printed in editions of 50. Print mediums available to be explored in the studio include lithography and silkscreen, with access to off-site letterpress courtesy of Graven Feather Studio.

Participating Poet and Artist pairings are:

Elyse Friedman with Shannon Moynagh

Andrea Thompson with Catherine Tammaro

Jacqueline Valencia with Jennifer Chin

Vanessa Maghlini with Amye St John

Dominique Russell with Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger

Bijal Prajapati with Angela Fedele

Leah Sandals with Shirley Mpagi

This project will culminate in a 4 week exhibition in November at inPrint Studio, with a celebration and reading to be announced.

inPrint greatly appreciates the support of Jacqueline Valencia, and Graven Feather Studio in the development of this project. Poetry inPrint is also generously support by The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, Graven Feather and Speedball Art Products.

The inPrint Collective is a Toronto-based non-profit group of artists dedicated to fostering the love of printmaking in their community. Currently made up of six artists, inPrint was founded in 2008 and recently opened up their first permanent studio, located at 58 Wade Ave, Unit 8A. For more information on inPrint, past projects, and access to our studio visit www.inprintcollective.com.

Jacqueline Valencia is a writer and critic. She is the author of There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque, and staff film critic at Next Projection. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts). jacquelinevalencia.wordpress.com

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