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Anna Jane McIntyre

The Freedom Tenderness Trade Context aka Movement Is Our Medicine

This 3 parts project (desktop documentary, pair of fabric banners & community workshop) is an offering of hope and joy to the Sud-Ouest Montreal community.

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The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible

- Toni Cade Bombara
African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and educator

This 3 parts project is an offering of hope and joy to the Sud-Ouest Montreal community. The first is a desktop documentary, created over the project year. The video is my first film of this type and feature multiple collaborations with Deaf artist-activist Natasha “Courage” Bacchus.

The second project component is a pair of fabric banners featuring abstract story-telling motifs. These banners offer riddles to be solved and stories to be told by anyone who invests the time looking at them. The banners will be installed at the HALTE.

The third project component is an open intergenerational community workshop to decorate the picnic tables the artist primed on the last sunny day before the 2021 snows! On June 3, we will gather together and collectively doodle 2 tables, preparing the surface as dynamic, friendly and welcoming surfaces for which to host casual future banquets.

Workshop On the table

Workshop On the table

Friday, June 3, 2022 15h30 to 1700

Open air art workshop working to graffiti the functional artwork picnic tables at Parc Sainte-Cunégonde. Working with non-toxic chalk paint markers we will gather and work together, chat and doodle to decorate the picnic table functional artworks at the HALTE. This collaboration is an invitation to meet your neighbours and celebrate and work with what we have while developing our community ties in a relaxed, simple and accessible analogue activity.

Come and draw your dreams and aspirations or just doodle motifs! All ages and all levels of art experience are welcome.

The Freedom Tenderness Trade Context aka Movement is my medicine project was an adventure in art-being and trust. Over the last 2 years I have often caught myself thinking about how our sense of time influences our actions, emotion and reflections. During this time I was struck with a panic stricken future-blindness that rendered me creatively mute. I re-found my sight and with that a trickling creativity and deeper appreciation for the power of art to foster community participation and belonging.

- Anne Jane McIntyre

Anna Jane McIntyre is a visual artist-parent with a practice combining shapeshifting, mark-making, thinking, doing, looking, breathing, $5-improv-benevolent-capitalism and microactivism. Anna's work investigates how people perceive, create and maintain their notions-of-self, belonging and culture through behaviour and visual cues.

Projects may incorporate giant emojis, feminist-foosball-tables, community workshops, parade floats, commercial signage, thinking forests, urban ecology forest-school cahiers prioritizing BIPOC kids, time-travelling-soundscapes-mapping-abstract-narratives, Speaker's corners, love-letter-services and homages-for-the-forgotten.

Anna's projects are an expression of Afropresentism that combine her cultural influences (Trinidadian, British, adoptive-Canadian) through the juxtaposition of familiar materials in novel contexts. Her work acknowledges the past and present, imagining a surreal dream of what is to come. 

Seen (performed by Natasha "Courage" Bacchus)