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Visual Art Exhibit: Systemic Contractions

March 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Displayed in the Westbury Theatre Lobby. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering, we have made Visual Art Tours available by donation and by reservation only prior to specific festival events. Reserve your spot using the form below.

Find Fringe Theatre’s COVID-19 Audience Information here!

Visual Art Tour Schedule (15 minute tours)*

Thursday, March 4 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm (Opening Ceremonies at 5:30pm and A-Line Variety Show at 7:00pm)
Friday, March 5 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm (Makings of a Voice at 7:00pm)
Sunday, March 7 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm (Body of Words at 7:00pm)
Wednesday, March 10 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm (Makings of a Voice at 7:00pm)
Saturday, March 13 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Off the Page at 2:30pm)

*Tours will be led by Curator Stephanie Florence. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing will be in effect. All patrons must exit the lobby after their tour and re-enter as an audience member if attending a festival event after their tour. All tour dates except March 13 will be accompanied by an outdoor fire pit.

Systemic Contractions // Covid Collections

Welcome to the pandemic, a time of unrest where blame and irresponsibility are on the rise, and sound leadership seems to be lacking. As impacts ripple outwards, there are disproportionate negative effects on the elderly, frontline workers, those without jobs, the racialized and disenfranchised communities.

Where does art in all its forms fit into this equation? How can the producers and makers of this time reach an audience that is further than six feet away at all times? How might we focus on a better future when crisis burnout and the fight for survival continues?

The focus of this exhibition is on the immediate need of connection. Finding a moment in this oppositionally charged time to focus on the desire for intimacy.

The need to be seen, heard, and felt.

A deep want to be recognized and accepted as we are.

This exhibition is an invitation to connect to three artists’ experiences and find solace in meeting their expressions. Therein lies the potential of two or more essences meeting and finding fluid rebirth without the weight of judgment. If you are seeking stillness, these creative expressions may be a way to discover connection, empathy, and a wealth of feeling.

We invite you to seek curiosity and sign up for a tour of this exhibition!

Raneece Buddan
Shawnee Danielle
Kailene Dillon
Stephanie Florence


March 5, 2021
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Westbury Theatre Lobby
ATB Financial Arts Barns Building, 10330 84 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada
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