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Conversational Threads: A Solo Exhibition by Lindsey Bond featuring the Collab Quilt Collective
March 2 - April 14Free
Conversational Threads is an exhibition by a white settler, intermedia artist-mother Lindsey Bond that takes to heart textiles-as-intervention into the family archive. In the textile and multimedia works, Lindsey re-stories hand-me-down sheets, inherited photographs, drawings made by her son, as well as oral and written stories by her Aunts from the family Red Rose Tea Tin Archive.
Slow textile and intermedia processes acknowledge Settler-Colonial harms and erasures interwoven with the “great” pioneer narrative found in her family archive situated alongside the Battle River. Critical material conversations engage and expand the dialogue around women’s handwork and ancestral healing while questioning the maker’s privilege and responsibility of working ecologically. Material conversations and relationship building are central to the pieces presented and stitch together themes of intergenerational settler repair work, the weight of inheritance, relationality and her stories on Treaty 6 Territory.
Conversational Threads visualizes the hard conversations between Bond, her Aunts and her son from around the kitchen table, in the car and online. These daily acts of sewing serve not as a “how to decolonize” but rather a series of whirlpools and loose threads that re-story Lindsey’s family narratives to create a more relational legacy that supports remembering and regeneration.
The exhibition program will feature a discussion with members of the Collab Quilt Collective, whose Conversational Quilt installation is presented in the gallery and a Sewing Inheritance textile workshop with Lindsey Bond.
About The Artist
Lindsey Bond (she/her) is an intermedia artist-mother born in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House) or Edmonton. Using slow textile and photographic processes, she intervenes in her white-settler family archive to think through her responsibility as a mother and settler descendant to remember and sew a relationship with Treaty 6 Territory and kisiskâciwani-sîpiy or North Saskatchewan River. Lindsey recently defended her MFA Thesis, Ecosystems of Inheritance, at The University of Alberta. She received her BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and studied Visual Communications at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Her artwork has been exhibited in TREX Southeast, Latitude 53, Harcourt House, Gallery 44 and The Richmond International Film + Media Arts Festival.
About The Collab Quilt Collective
We self-identify as artists, folx, parents and grandparents who are sewing transformative textile conversations to unsettle divergent and overlapping colonial inheritances. The form of the conversational quilt creates space to unlearn, grapple and build relationships with inherited materials, skills and more-than-human neighbours. In striving to create more relational family legacies, we incorporate slow and diverse ecological material processes grounded in aspen parkland and prairie ecosystems. Our work acknowledges complex colonial harms and erasures while navigating interwoven histories across Indigenous territories in what is now known as Canada.
Monday – Friday between 12:00 and 4:00 pm from March 2 until April 14, 2023 (closed April 7, 2023).
Affiliated Public Events
Reception: March 2, 2023, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03
Sewing Inheritance Workshop: March 4, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at C2 Centre for Craft. Presented in partnership with the Manitoba Craft Council.
Collab Quilt Collective Conversation: March 8, 2023, 11:00 – 12:00 pm on Zoom
Gallery 1C03 is on Treaty 1 Territory, the homeland of the Red River Métis and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininew, Anishininew, Dakota and Dene peoples. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
Getting Here & Accessibility
Maps of The University of Winnipeg campus, including accessibility and parking maps, can be found at https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/maps/. The Gallery is located on the main floor of Centennial Hall at 515 Portage Avenue. Accessible, street-level visitor entrances with auto door openers and ramps are via Portage Avenue, Ellice Avenue and Spence Street. The gallery doors are equipped with auto-openers. There is a gender-neutral, accessible washroom less than 100 feet from the Gallery entrance. Our exhibitions and affiliated events are free to everyone.
For more information & media interviews, Contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9