Out of a War zone Collective
Actions and art activism in support of Syrian refugee sponsorship.
House of Art
Co-curated with Lynn Hubbs.
Local art exhibition with Creemore artists and a Syrian artist, Anahita Osman, to raise awareness and funds to support the sponsorship of a Syrian refugee. We were successful in sponsoring a family.
Daffodils is a Food Performance at House of Art Exhibition with Out of a War Zone Artists and Anahita Osman.
Food Performance with Anahita Osman, a refugee at the time, in support of her sponsorship. The tablecloth (collaboration with Mary Ann Tupling), documents all actions with politician to that date. I embroidered quotes from Anahita and others during the process. The daffodils refer to Nargiz, and the story/desire of Kurdish independence. Kurdish kepse and onion soup was served. Remedies for daffodil poisoning (sometimes daffodils are mistaken for onions), are laid on the table, along with Syrian soap made with a Syrian soapmaker in Toronto.
Soup, Soup and Sounds
Event organized by Shelley Hannah to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s March to the Hague to WWI. Soup, Soap Sounds was my contribution to the event linking the call for peace to contemporary wars.
Intervention with embroidered text on cloth, Syrian and locally made soap, glass castings of Syrian soap, wrapping paper with images of community effort to sponsor a refugee (wrapping paper by MK Lynde).
Food Performance. Through small art actions, I galvanized the community to raise money and sponsor a Syrian family. I learned how to make Kepse in Turkey from a Syrian refugee. Neighbours and friends were invited to have a meal with me and talk about the practicalities and ethics of bringing refugees to rural Ontario. A table runner with a letter to our Member of Parliament was signed by all, petitioning the government to allow more refugees into the country.