Guest Curator Lauren Fournier will give a talk and tour of her exhibition 'Fermenting Feminism’. Expanding on the exhibition's relationship with fermentation, she will discuss how the process of microbial transformation becomes a material practice and speculative metaphor through which to think through pressing issues related to feminisms.
'Fermenting Feminism' asks: is feminism a relic of the past, something that has soured; or a vital imperative? Working across art, science, performance, and design, the exhibition makes space for multidisciplinary experimentation and conceptual play by positioning fermentation as a viable space to re-conceive feminisms’ pasts, presents, and futures.
LAUREN FOURNIER (b. 1989 Treaty 4 lands, Saskatchewan) is an artist-curator, writer, editor, and fermenter. She works at the intersection of contemporary art and theory, philosophy, experimental writing and art writing, gender studies, and environmental humanities. She is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. Her writing appears in journals and books like C Magazine, Canadian Art, West Coast Line, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, Comparative Media Arts Journal, and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada. As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions and programs at such spaces as the Blackwood Gallery, Vtape, Zalucky Contemporary, and the Medical Museion. Her monograph on “autotheory” is forthcoming.