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BUBBLE, BURN, GATHER: RITUALS FOR BELONGING | Myung-Sun Kim & Jody Chan | Wednesday, October 26

Updated: Oct 20



Location: Sackville Community Garden

Time: 5pm – 7:30pm

RSVP required by Monday October 24

Join Struts Gallery Open Studio Artist in Residence Myung-Sun Kim and collaborator Jody Chan for a gathering at the Sackville Community Garden over fire, makgeolli, and snacks.

Makgeolli is a Korean fermented rice beverage that has survived many decades of prohibition through Japanese Occupation and military dictatorship. In making makgeolli, raw ingredients near their expiration transform into an entirely different being through the process of fermentation – suggesting alchemy, a sense of magic. Makgeolli has been in residence with Myung-Sun since she arrived.

Through guided meditation and collective ritual, we will explore how we can cultivate belonging, care, and transformation within ourselves and with each other. Participants will be invited to share food and drink, and to engage with some writing prompts. Writing materials will be provided.

NOTES FOR THE EVENT:

- bring your own cup (ideally bowl-like, with a wide mouth)

- dress in warm clothes, and protect yourself from mosquitoes and bugs

- gluten-free and limited vegan options will be available

- all ages friendly

RSVP required. Please email Admin@strutsgallery.ca with subject line: RSVP Makgeolli

Image credit : 'makgeolli’ (2022) by Myung-Sun Kim. Graphite on paper. Image courtesy of the artist.


 

Myung-Sun Kim is an artist, a cultural worker, a curator, a ceramicist, an amateur cook, and an occasional brewer of the Korean rice wine, makgeolli. Her work explores questions of belonging, inheritance, silenced histories, foodways, kinship, queerness, rituals, and lineage. Her current research explores the function of art/objects as communal heirlooms and how daily rituals of belonging can further shape our culture and relationships. She has presented work across North America and in Finland, including Art Gallery of Ontario, MOCA Toronto, FADO Performance Art Centre, and Plug In ICA. As a curator, she has led curatorial programming at galleries and festivals including Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival, The Theatre Centre, and the Toronto Biennial of Art as the Co-Curator of Public Programming & Learning. She has curated Fugitive Rituals exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, currently on view until December 4, 2022.


Jody Chan (they/them) is a writer, drummer, therapist, and organizer based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Their writing explores themes of home, belonging, kinship, queerness, and Madness/disability. They are the author of haunt (Damaged Goods Press), all our futures (PANK), and sick (Black Lawrence Press), winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Trillium Award for Poetry. They are also a performing member of Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers (RAW). Their work has received fellowships and support from VONA, Tin House, Feminist Art Collective (FAC), Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.