Posted by: uawcc | October 9, 2009

UAWCC heads to see Love Letters to Feminism on Thursday!


Show your feelings for feminism at the debut of the mail art exhibition Love Letters to Feminism. Hosted by University of Alberta’s Women’s Studies Program, the party to celebrate the opening will be held Friday, the 15th of October from 4 pm to 6 pm. The love letter analogy is employed to encourage people to reflect on their personal relationship to feminism. As curator Carolyn Jervis explains, “the exhibit shows the really wide range of how people negotiate feminism in their lives”.

Attendees can expect to view wide variations on the theme, ranging from embroidery from Turkey to hate mail directed towards post-feminism. Embracing a collaborative approach to art, viewers will be able to respond to the artwork themselves at a station dedicated to creating more pieces for the exhibition.  Jervis proposes that “the works show that feminism isn’t an elitist thing after all. If [you can] make a letter of your own, you can make feminism your own, and make it work for you.”

Contrary to the prohibitive nature of conventional calls for submissions, the only stipulation for Love Letters to Feminism is that the piece fit neatly into a 8.5 x 11″ letter. Inspired by such notable blogs as PostSecret, samples from the exhibition are posted online. As a dynamic exhibition,  interested parties can continue to contribute to the project by mailing submissions to:

Love Letters to Feminism

c/o Women´s Studies Program, 1-17 Assiniboia Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,T6G 2H4

Opening party: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4 pm to 6 pm, Women’s Studies Program Gallery, Assiniboia Hall, The University of Alberta

Exhibition hours and location: 4 October 2009 – December 31 2009, Monday-Friday, 7am – 7pm

To arrange an interview, contact: Carolyn Jervis, carolyn.jervis@gmail.com, (780) 884-0303

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