Submissions... and 'to do' list
Time to submit your ‘final drafts’ for our zine and Feast exhibition.
I’m proposing Tenth and Gibson as a space and they have weekend slots available Friday-Sunday on 28-30 October which is the middle weekend of the Feast Festival.
We could have an opening from 4-7pm on the Friday night, perhaps with an artists talk in the same time slot on the following day or Sunday. We can have pay-as-you-go bar facilities and catering (perhaps supplemented with some home made contributions?) on both days. Your friends, family, colleagues will be able to see your work on both days and buy our zine/catalogue (maybe $5 covering printing costs?). These are all ideas to ponder and any suggestions especially re printing/hanging and selling art works are most gratefully received. I’ve seen some inspiring SALA exhibitions in the last few weeks!
Meanwhile what do we need to pull the zine and exhibition together? Most of you have already sent Jesse your high res images, or texts of poems/prose. They have laid these out as 2 double spread pages per person.
At the end of the zine we propose a ‘contributors’ section that will be a thumbnail ’self-representation’ composed of 9-12 separate photos of ‘bits of you’.
Then write 50-100 words about your self-representation. Even if you haven’t submitted anything else for the exhibition or zine, we can include these ‘mini-profiles’ at the end of the catalogue and, in the last panel in the exhibition.
If you have submitted something for the exhibition and zine you may like to give each piece a title and offer a few sentences of description. In terms of curating the exhibition we’ve workshopped a kind of ‘journey through stories beyond gender’.
Section 1: Journey Begins: a brief description of our social media storytelling journey. Some early experiments.
Section 2: Transition and Fluidity: self-realisation, exploration, the best things about being trans and gender diverse, short video about IDaHoT
Section 3: Conflict, Hurdles, Haters: some of the sad/angry stories, short video on inappropriate questions…
Section 4: Allies and Affirmations: works expressing empathy, gratitude
Section 5: We Are: exhibitor’s thumbnails and bio/artist’s statements
This last stage in the journey opens up into bar space and a projection of the gallery on the ’Stories Beyond Gender’ site. Seats can be arranged here for the artists’ talks.
Any more ideas? Please shout out! Our deadlines are shaping up like this:
Finals due within 2 weeks, by 2nd Sept
Consolidation of text contributions/bios/titles for printing: 2-16 Sep
Final layout and planning of zine and exhibition: 16-30 Sept
Printing: 30-7 Oct
Mounting/Framing - 7-21 Oct
Hanging: 28 Oct
We’ll likely need support for all of the above stages, so time to roll up your sleeves ; ) Starting with getting your submissions in to us ASAP. That’s return email me or Jesse or upload directly into our google drive here.
Look forward to hearing from you soon,
Son (on behalf of SBG storytellers)
We had a very lovely gathering this Saturday afternoon past – with some excellent lemon pie and not-so-great GF scones!
We came up with an overarching theme for our exhibition - journey - and decided to prioritise finding a space ASAP.... My ideal would be the weekend before FEAST (14-16th October) so that we can have a Friday night launch and a Sunday afternoon ‘artist’s talk’. Here’s one possibility that I’m investigating: http://www.tenthandgibson.com/studio/
We’ve each agreed to make just one more piece for inclusion in the exhibition (and the zine that we’ll be distributing by then too). If you haven’t created anything yet it’s not too late and you can be included by:
making one digital self-image... a montage that is created out of 5-7 individual close-ups that represent your body or you.
then write 50-100 words on gender-journey or your self-image.
We’ll use these at the end of the zine and exhibition in the ‘contributors’ section.
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