Share Your Story: You at 13


October 4, 2023

Mindy Stricke and her father at her bat mitzvah, 1986

Inspired by the FENTSTER installation, Fringes, the gallery invites you to share:

  • a photo of when you were thirteen
  • a story or reflection about: (1) your photo (2) being thirteen OR (3) your bat/bar mitzvah.

Click here to complete the form below to share your story and photo.

FENTSTER may be sharing your photos and stories on our social media accounts or other promotion in the coming months, or at an event to celebrate Fringes.



The Fringes Bat Mitzvah Block Party

Sunday, October 29 | 3-6 PM

In a new work, multidisciplinary artist, Mindy Stricke explores the unpredictable landscape of parenting a young teen. Fringes maps the celebration of the artist’s daughter, Noa, becoming a bat mitzvah. This milestone became an expedition for Stricke towards radical acceptance – of her daughter, and ultimately, of herself. The artist creates a wearable map in the form of an evocative tallit (a prayer shawl with fringes on each corner) as a gift for Noa, which marks her place in the city where she became a bat mitzvah and within her lineage. Montreal’s environs merge with a geography formed from images of Noa and relatives when they became b’nei mitzvah at age thirteen. The invented topography reflects the artist’s experience as a neurodivergent, queer, polyamorous Jewish woman gaining the courage to question inherited maps, and also trusting her children to discover their own paths. When a new route must be charted, those on the fringes lead the way.

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