Existing in the interstices of M:ST8, sophia bartholomew will hold a series of “book club” meetings in response to the festival’s other programming. These gatherings will consider a selection of images, objects, words and sounds, while their context and content shift throughout the festival to mirror themes and strategies used in other artists’ performances. To document the project, bartholomew will develop an artist book that asks: What does it mean to be heard? Does it hurt?
This project is supported by The City of Calgary Open AiR artist residency program. For more information, visit calgary.ca/openair
sophia bartholomew (they/them) is a non-binary person and interdisciplinary artist who uses text and textiles, objects and photographs, performance and video to explore inter-subjectivity, reciprocity, physical fragility and decay. They are descended from Norwegian immigrants on Treaty 3 territory, and English and Irish settlers in Toronto. Since graduating with their BFA from UBC in 2012, their practice has been guided by open-ended conversation and collaborative work with other artists.