Join us to celebrate the launch of a limited edition printed folio, Miss Solitude: Cuttings, comprised of images from Birthe Piontek’s Miss Solitude series and eight poems composed by poet and novelist Marguerite Pigeon. A conversation between Piontek, Pigeon and Access director/curator Kimberly Phillips will accompany this.
Birthe Piontek is originally from Germany and moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany. Piontek’s project The Idea of the North won the Critical Mass Book Award 2009, and was published as a monograph in 2011. She was nominated for the AIMIA AGO Award 2014, and her recent project Lying Still was shortlisted for the Edward Burtynsky Grant in 2015. Piontek maintains her practice in Vancouver, BC.
Marguerite Pigeon is a poet and novelist. She is the author of three books. Her first poetry collection, Inventory, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, and her short story collection, Some Extremely Boring Drives, was nominated for a ReLIt Award. Marguerite is now at work on a book-length poem about fashion, The Endless Garment: A pocket epic. Originally from Blind River, Ontario, Pigeon lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Image: Birthe Piontek, Girl (installation shot), from the series Miss Solitude, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.