Sept 2015 – Meet the Artists: Fonna & Tumaini

A Q&A with Alison from the Feminist Art Conference discussing re-creating narratives, the importance of archiving as BIPOCs, craftivism, and public reactions to our art. 

“My interest in knitting came from a childhood babysitter. Living in the hood, my babysitter would often take care of us and one day she was showing us a baby hat that she crocheted with a pen lid! The resourcefulness of that astounded me. She didn’t feel shame about the using pen lid, she was proud. It is radical in and of itself – not using products from the store – that stuck with me.”

Feb 2015 – Faces From Our Community: Fonna Seidu

This is the first entry in a series to highlight the contributors within our network and highlight the gift exchanges that keeps this network alive and kicking!

Fonna has been a passionate supporter and community member of YSI ever since we started sharing an office with AVNU, where she does Community Outreach. She has been an amazing teacher for us in how to make our collaborative more inclusive so that we can better hear the voices of people of colour and people who identify as queer. She also stepped up at CollabCamp with the gift of her beautiful photos which you see in our report back.

Feb 2015 – Nia Centre via Twitter

Fierce photographer, #AlumNia and compassionate community organizer. #Nia5 Check out her work!

Sept 2014 – The Femme Playlist – Contributors

the femme playlist is an anthem, a song you put on repeat. kim katrin milan curated this playlist just for us. play it while applying lipstick. while getting ready to see our show. while strutting hard. just play it loud. check some of our favourite femmes and the soundtracks of their life.

June 2014 – Unveiled: Honoured Dyke Group – The Toronto Fierce Femme Organizers

Masti Khor via Kim Milan: “How do we acknowledge people’s work without reproducing femmephobic, capitalist, sexist and ableist understandings of “accomplishment”?

Femmespirators who have also been recognized, can we use this opportunity to lift all of us femininely gendered people up? Whether our work is loud and takes on traditionally applauded “leadership” roles, or if your work is watching netflix, raising babies, crafting, trying not to die, helping others to thrive or prayer? Because fuck, anyone who can survive the patriarchy deserves to be honoured.”

July 2013 – Nia Centre: Fonna Seidu and Wafa Fageer

I noticed that experiences around me were infrequently documented, whether it was hanging out with friends, events on the streets, or attending workshops.  I made an attempt to change this phenomenon as soon as I started carrying my dinky digital camera. The documentation was minimal but significant (pictures of friends, events, and still life); thankfully the results turned into a passion. I believe archiving is an important and necessary tool to remind us of our past and can quite possibly give us insight into our futures.

Photography is important to me for a multitude of reasons: capturing memories, emotional release, archiving, sharing experiences, and creating opportunities for various types of expression.