Poetry Reading with melannie monoceros

Gallery 1C03

headshot of melannie monoceros facing viewer. mel wears large glasses with dark brown frames, a mint green toque, a denim shirt and cream coloured quilted vest. mel's cane and one of their colourful woven tapestries hangs on the wall behind them.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Stitch-Kin; an evening of poetry with poet, filmmaker, and textile artist melannie monoceros
November 26 at 6:00 pm CT 

Watch the recording of this event on our You Tube playlist soon!

Gallery 1C03 is pleased to invite you to "Stitch-Kin; an evening of poetry with poet, filmmaker and textile artist melannie monoceros." Stitch-Kin is the fourth online gathering of Sovereign Intimacies, an exhibition co-curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith and presented by Gallery 1C03 in partnership with Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

During this poetry reading, melannie monoceros will share and read from their suite of recent and older poems exploring ancestors, threadlove and lore, queer kinship, and grief. Afterward melannie will answer questions and invite a brief conversation with the exhibition curators and audience.

melannie monoceros is a poet and interdisciplinary artist exploring polysensory production and somatic grief through text/ile. Their work considers the collective qrip (queer+crip) consciousness by connecting to marvelous bodies living with complexity as sick or disabled. A Black, Taino, Arawak creator, they live in Treaty 1/Winnipeg, MB; home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations. In 2019, melannie was awarded the JRG Emerging Artist Award for their continued pursuit, integrating technology and accessibility through film via their series “ancestoradio”. In 2020 melannie’s work can be found at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg) the Window Gallery (Winnipeg) and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon, MB).

Sovereign Intimacies is a group exhibition co-curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith, in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The exhibition takes place at Plug In ICA from September 26 – December 20, 2020, with extensive programming that consists of online talks, workshops, screenings, and poetry readings. Sovereign Intimacies explores themes of cultural and community exchange between Indigenous artists and artists from the diaspora, more specifically artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis collaborating with artists living in what is currently called Canada who came to this land and are not part of the settler/colonial history of the country. The group show consists of pairings of artists, as well as individuals, whose work is based on process and relationship building, and for those whose work is invested in active conceptualization around topics of friendship and intimacy, who are working to build collective vision of a sovereign future. Due to current health restrictions, the exhibition at Plug In ICA is presently closed. We will announce when it is has re-opened.

Gallery 1C03, Plug In ICA and Video Pool Media Arts Centre are on Treaty 1 Territory. We are located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. 

Gallery 1C03 acknowledges financial assistance for Sovereign Intimacies from The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Arts Council.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03