EMILIA-AMALIA | in residence

13 April 2019 - 1 June 2019
Opening Reception 25 April 2019 7pm

EMILIA-AMALIA lead a response in four parts under Mercer Union’s ongoing series SESSION for the exhibition Beatrice Gibson: Plural Dreams of Social Life. Through four public programs, EMILIA-AMALIA invite artists and practitioners to consider Gibson’s propositions for collective authorship, feminist histories, and the maternal as an essential point of collision between the self and the external world.

EMILIA-AMALIA is a feminist working group based in Toronto. Initiated in 2016, E-A activates modes of informal knowledge sharing and experimental writing to explore relationships of mentorship, collaboration and indebtedness between generations of feminist artists, writers, and curators. E-A is currently working in collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre on a year-long wave of programming titled HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM.


Thursday 25 April 2019, 7PM
Artist and writer Moyra Davey offers a reading from her new monograph accompanied by a screening of notable excerpts from her film work.

Registration for the event opens 13 April, and is limited to thirty persons.

Sunday 28 April 2019, 12–3PM
Therapeutic Sound Practitioner Samara Livingchimes will lead a meditative sound bath for a small group of participants in the spirit of Pauline Oliveros’ principle of deep listening.

Registration for the event opens 16 April, and is limited to fifteen persons.

Sunday 5 May 2019, 12–3PM
Artist Erica Stocking hosts a participatory reading of her play The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom—a choreographed statement on autobiographical art making towards a new grammar for living, working and being in the world—influenced by the methodology and writings of Gertrude Stein.

To participate as a reader inquire with Aamna Muzaffar: aamna@mercerunion.org. General registration for the event opens 23 April, and is limited to thirty persons.

Thursday 23 May 2019, 7PM
Artist Amy Wong hosts a performative lecture focusing on mother-work as interwoven with social, communal and activist work. Wong explores a range of inspirations and traditions: the popularity of mid-19th Century quilting bees, Cantonese traditions of postpartum nourishment and healing, and the artist’s own use of and thinking around breastmilk production as linked to cultural production.

Registration for the event opens 7 May, and is limited to twenty persons.


SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition. SESSION is made possible with Leading Support from TD Bank Group