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.
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.
JULY – NOVEMBER 2023 at FENSTER
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.