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Conversational Threads is an exhibition by white settler, intermedia artist-mother Lindsey Bond that takes to heart textiles-as-intervention into the family archive. In the textile and multimedia works, Lindsey re-stories hand-me-down sheets, inherited photographs, drawings made by her son, as well as oral and written stories by her Aunts from the family Red Rose Tea Tin Archive.
Slow textile and intermedia processes acknowledge complex Settler-Colonial harms and erasures interwoven with the “great” pioneer narrative found in her family archive situated alongside the Battler River. Critical material conversations engage and expand dialogue around women's handwork and ancestral healing, while questioning the maker's privilege and responsibility of working ecologically. Material conversations and relationship building are central to the pieces presented and stitch together themes of: intergenerational settler repair work, the weight of inheritance, relationality, and herstories on Treaty 6 Territory.
Conversational Threads visualizes the hard conversations between Bond, her Aunts and her son from around the kitchen table, in the car and online. These daily acts of sewing serve not as a “how to decolonize” but rather a series of whirlpools and loose threads that re-story Lindsey’s family narratives to create a more relational legacy that supports remembering and regeneration.
The exhibition program will feature a discussion with members of the Collab Quilt Collective whose Conversational Quilt installation is presented in the gallery, and a Sewing Inheritance textile workshop.