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Art POP 2022: Workshop Series

Art POP is pleased to invite the public to a series of workshops aimed at developing diverse knowledge and promoting collaboration between artists, cultural producers and community members.

On August 20th, 2022 from 1pm-5pm at at L’Entrepôt 77 (77 Bernard E), Art POP will host three workshops aimed at developing artistic collaboration, while promoting and building community in the Mile End.

The workshops will take place in different slots and will be given by three Montreal artists: perfumer and interdisciplinary artist Dana El Masri, multidisciplinary artist Chloë Lalonde, and artist and writer Sundus Abdul Hadi.

Free and open to people of all skill levels. We will provide the necessary materials for each participant!

Please note: the workshops will be given in English and an interpreter will be on site to translate the workshops into French.

Schedule of events:

1PM – Scent, Language & Olfactory Imprints
Dana El Masri

Scent, language and culture have been intertwined more closely than we know. In this workshop, we will explore the importance of scent in multiple cultures and their respective languages, as well as the importance of scent in social rituals, and how some of these cultures have been orientalized into perfumery. We will smell some of the raw materials from around the world, addressing some of their cultural meanings, welcoming memories from the authentic reactions of the participants, and opening a dialogue for future progress.

3PM – In [the, your, our,] backyard
Chloë Lalonde

Refusing to use plastic paints and non-biodegradable materials, and following a research paper I wrote on the material culture of painting, I experimented with making my own pigments and watercolors, from my own food scraps and plants that grow in my environment.Now I am working on weaving my own surfaces – like canvases, if you will. Once the pigment is made, my idea is to print the sheets of paper, perhaps on my hand-woven canvases, and reuse the paper once printed. This practice has taken me a long time, so with community, interactivity and performativity in mind, this workshop is an open invitation to the public to participate in this creation with me. Together we will learn by doing, playing with and deconstructing materials that surround us every day.

5PM – Take Care of Your Self
Sundus Abdul Hadi

As artists, curators, and people involved in the arts, how can we incorporate care into our work and the spaces we frequent? In a context where struggle and hardship are pervasive in our lives, there is a need to construct new narratives about care in relation to ourselves, our communities, and the world. What is the role of the artist, writer and creative in this important work? How can we work toward meaningful, decolonial systemic change in our practices, our industries, our communities, and at home? Join Iraqi-Canadian artist and writer Sundus Abdul Hadi as she addresses the topic of care from a decolonial perspective, based on her book “Take Care of Your Self: The Art and Cultures of Care and Liberation”.

Link to Facebook event.