Artist-publishers, care, and social action
About the event
To mark the beginning of an online residency by artist-run publisher and archive Wendy's Subway, the Libby Leshgold Gallery and READ Books (Vancouver, BC) are pleased to present online talks by artist-publishers Beatrix Pang (Hong Kong) and Paul Soulellis (Providence, RI), followed by a Q & A.
The complicated convergence of the pandemic and public health measures with advancing authoritarianism worldwide and with the increasingly urgent and expanding movements against racism, colonialism, environmental devastation, and other threats to dignity and survival have combined to create an emergency situation that is unique within many people's lived experience. Artist-publishers and their networks are capable of thoughful and strategic responses to these crisis conditions and to the needs of social movements. These two artist-publishers will speak about their work in the context of this moment.
During their residency, Wendy’s Subway will address the question of artists’ networks in an expanded view, looking specifically at contemporary publishing networks formed and solidified throughout the current overlapping crises in public health and civil society. The project will ask the question of how publishing networks can strengthen and inform local and international social justice movements, mutual aid efforts, solidarity and coalition-building, emergency response, and antiracist advocacy. The residency will conclude in October 2020.
The residency is part of the Libby Leshgold Gallery and READ Books's annual Summer School for Artists' Publishing, which hosts residencies, presents exhibitions, and organizes symposia and talks seeking to advance international critical discourse and self-examination in the field of artists' publishing.
About the speakers
Beatrix Pang (pronouns They/Them) is a visual artist, visual cultural producer and independent publisher. They founded indie art press, Small Tune Press. In recent years, they founded zine collective ZINE COOP with fellows, to promote Hong Kong zine culture and to explore possibilities of zine distribution and cultural exchange. Also they co-founded Queer Reads Library, a reading platform to create space for multi-gendered inclusivity and visibility focused in Hong Kong and Asian Diaspora region. Beatrix studied art photography and fundamental design in Hong Kong and Scandinavia.
Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. He is founder/director of Queer.Archive.Work, a non-profit community reading room, publishing studio, and project space, and Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Presented by the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and READ Books, as part of our Summer School for Artists’ Publishing series for 2020.
The Libby Leshgold Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Libby Leshgold Gallery respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.