Mending the Museum: Blackout Poetry with Lan Florence Yee


We invite youth 8-22 years old to join artist Lan “Florence” Yee in a workshop using blackout poetry, with the Museum’s exhibition labels as the subject matter. Blackout poetry uses existing text as a way to find new meaning through striking out words. By redacting, participants will get to  refuse, emphasize, and transform text. This  technique is  similar  to collage, and was used  in Surreal art and Dada art movements. This type of poetry invites participants to question the information that is in front of them as a way to explore the ideas expressed in the original text and to reinterpret the words through creativity and self-expression.   

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This program is part of a series of 6 youth-centered workshops presented in partnership with Mending the Museum.

Mending the Museum is a collaborative duo comprised of Karina Román Justo, visual arts scholar and educator, and Camila Salcedo, interdisciplinary visual artist and educator. Our intent is to work as a bridge between artists, communities, regional museums, and craft objects from their collections, to reflect on ancestry and speculative futures within the framework of cultural belonging. We are both emerging Latinx curators based in Canada, with an interest in museum practices and pedagogical approaches in art spaces. We have worked together previously through Sur Gallery’s Mentorship Program in 2019-2020, and have since come together to establish the basis of this collaborative relationship. Together, we took part in Subtle Technology’s Curatorial Mentorship in 2022.

Learn more about the Museum’s collaboration with Mending the Museum here.

Type: Program

Date: Oct 14, 2023, 2pm - 4pm

Photo credit: Ananna Rafa & Jenn Qu

Lan “Florence” Yee is a visual artist and serial collaborator based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. They collect text in underappreciated places and ferment it until it is too suspicious to ignore. Lan’s work has been exhibited at the Darling Foundry (2022), the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art (2021), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2020), the Textile Museum of Canada (2020), and the Gardiner Museum (2019), among others. Along with Arezu Salamzadeh, they co-founded the Chinatown Biennial in 2020. They obtained a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from OCAD U. 


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