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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Mirae Lee | info@criticaldistance.ca

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FERMENTING FEMINISM
SHARLENE BAMBOAT, HAZEL MEYER, LEILA NADIR and CARY PEPPERMINT, SARAH NASBY, KAYLA POLAN, WALTER SCOTT, AGUSTINE ZEGERS
Curated by LAUREN FOURNIER

Critical Distance is pleased to present Fermenting Feminism, curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring works by Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, Agustine Zegers.

Kombucha, guts, bacteria, vessels, vitalism, effervescence, degradation, and decay. Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work fleshes out the intersections between fermentation and intersectional feminisms. As the process of microbial transformation, fermentation becomes both a metaphor and material practice through which to approach feminist practices in the contemporary. Is feminism a relic of the past, something that has soured? Or is feminism still a vital imperative? This exhibition positions fermentation as a vital and viable space to re-conceive feminisms’s pasts, presents, and futures. Working across art, science, performance, and design, the works in Fermenting Feminism make space for multidisciplinary experimentation and conceptual play. Fermentation symbolizes bioavailability and accessibility, preservation and transformation, interspecies symbiosis, sustainability and futurity, harm reduction and care. Spanning the speculative and the literal, the embodied and the ephemeral, the works in this exhibition revisit questions of importance to feminists—consumption, colonialism, hygiene, wellness, agency, ritual, sexuality, transformation, and tradition—through the theory and practice of fermentation.

Fermenting Feminism is a multidisciplinary project that takes different forms: beginning as a publication in collaboration with Lauren Fournier and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, it has evolved into site-specific exhibitions, installations, and screenings in Toronto, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Kansas City. This exhibition at Critical Distance Centre for Curators marks the Canadian launch of this project. The site-specific evolution of Fermenting Feminism instantiates the context-specificity of microbes and fungi, of fermenting bodies, and of feminisms.

Critical Distance is grateful for the support of the National Film Board (NFB), Artscape Youngplace, and the Toronto Arts Council for their support in making the exhibition of works by Walter Scott and Sarah Nasby in this exhibition possible.

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ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 14–NOVEMBER 26, 2017, 12–5 PM

Please join us for an opening reception with the curator on Thursday, September 14th from 6–9 pm.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. See below for address and link to map.



About the Artists

Sharlene Bamboat works predominantly in film, video and installation. Based in Toronto and Pittsburgh, she has exhibited at galleries and festivals internationally from Toronto and Windsor to Zurich and Lahore.

Sarah Nasby works primarily in sculpture and drawing. She holds an MFA from NSCAD University and a BA from the University of Guelph. Selected exhibition venues include Mercer Union, DNA Artspace (London), and Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina).

Hazel Meyer works with installation, performance, and textiles to investigate relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Drawing on archival research, she bring various troublemakers—lesbians-feminists, gender outlaws, leather-dykes—into the performative space of athletics.

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have been working together for over a decade to investigate contemporary experiences of food, ecology, media, and memory. Working as artists, teachers, and critics, they create participatory situations or social sculptures that facilitate recovery from a cultural memory disorder they call “industrial amnesia.”

Kayla Polan is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice melds feminism and popular culture to explore sexuality, fetishism, domesticity, queer identity, autobiography, and consumer culture.

Walter Scott is a Kahnawake-born artist currently based in Montreal and Toronto. His practice includes writing, video, performance and sculpture, through which he explores questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction.

Agustine Zegers is a Chilean visual artist and bacterial community, currently finishing a BA at NYU Abu Dhabi. They have exhibited work in Santiago, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and New York.


About the Curator

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, artist, and PhD candidate currently based in Toronto. Her writing has been published in Canadian Art, Magenta, Kapsula, The Journal of Comparative Media Arts, Milkweed, Canadian Journal of Woman Studies, and West Coast Line. Recent curatorial projects include The Sustenance Rite at the Blackwood Gallery and Out of Repetition, Difference at Zalucky Contemporary.

Complete profiles for all of the artists and the curator will be posted to our website soon.



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CRITICAL DISTANCE (CDCC)
Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw Street | Toronto | Ontario | M6J 2W5
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Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part professional association and network, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. For more info, visit our website or social media pages, linked above.



Image: Sarah Nasby, Living Things (Dorothy Hafner vessel, kombucha, lines pattern), 2017