Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is pleased to launch Syphon 5.0: INCARCERATION. Please join us at the gallery on Saturday, February 23, from 3 – 5 PM to celebrate the Launch. We will be screening the short film “Emergent Visions: No Prisons!”
Syphon is an arts and culture publication produced by Modern Fuel that is meant to act as a conduit between the arts community in Kingston and communities elsewhere. It was created in response to the lack of critical arts commentary and coverage in local publications, and seen as a way to increase exposure to experimental and non-commercial art practices. Syphon has a mandate to feature local arts coverage in conjunction with national and international projects, and an emphasis on arts scenes and activities that are seen as peripheral. It acts, in essence, as a record and communiqué for small regional arts communities throughout the country. (http://www.modernfuel.org/syphon)
Syphon 5.0: INCARCERATION
Contributors (in alphabetical order): Tings Chak, Molly Goddard/Bidabinokwe, Lisa Guenther, Ann Hansen, Donny Hogan, Jimmy Hogan, Sheena Hoszko, Amina Mohamed, Radiodress, Natasha Stirrett, Cameron Willis, Sara Wylie
Edited by: Robin Alex McDonald
Pushing back against popular narratives of Kingston’s incarceration histories espoused and circulated by the ‘dark tourism’ of Kingston Pen Tours, Issue 5.0 aims to (re-)centre the resiliency and creativity of inmates in the face of violence, neglect, experimentation, and isolation, as well as the creative approaches of allies and artists who aim to cultivate awareness and solidarity in their pursuit of prisoner’s justice. While discussions of art’s role within carceral sites often default to problematic notions of art-making as a form of occupational therapy and “rehabilitation,” the artists, filmmakers, poets, and writers featured in this issue re-frame art-making as an act of resistance to and healing from systemic trauma, intergenerational trauma, colonial trauma, and/or the trauma of incarceration.
We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council for this project.