I was thrilled to be featured in Femynynytees, an exhibition curated by Renata Azevedo Moreira and Treva Michelle Legassie in Montreal, Quebec.
This was a new iteration of "The Menstrual Cup Project," one that encouraged participants to partake in shots across the whole of the exhibition, as opposed to a single performance the night of the opening. The efficacy of this approach is hard to gauge, but we were able to make a humble donation to a non-profit that serves LGTBQ+ youth to support access to menstrual care.
From the curators:
In 1476, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer penned the word femynynytee for the first time. A term of Middle English origins, it described one who is free from evil – free, in fact, from all independent desire or autonomous action. We reach back in time, pulling into present this term in order to address that which has been built upon and decolonize our understanding of it.
For more information about the exhibition and to see other featured artists, check it out here.
Mary Callahan Baumstark is a maker, writer, and researcher with an M.A. in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She is interested in trendspotting in contemporary ceramics and organizing socially engaged or activist projects. She is the current Resident Art Historian for the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.