Artistic Residency at the Plaza Côte-des-Neiges:
Montreal February 3, 2015 – From January 25 to February 28, unit 138 at the Plaza Côte-des-Neiges will house the residency of a collective of immigrant artist-activists, The Artists’Bloc of the IWC (Immigrant Workers Center). Hosted by a project created by the theatre group Projet MÛ, they invite everyone to join them while they’ll be working and doing research for their artistic project Migrant Memory, Living Memory in the opening hours of the residency space, or for their free activities and workshops. Anyone is welcome to meet them in the space and get to know more about their artistic vision, and take part in their creations. Follow their facebook page for upcoming activities.
The Artists’ Bloc of the IWC is a group of immigrant workers diverse in origin and immigration situation. Artists, activists, workers and their allies, we create at the intersections of community, artistic practice, and social justice. We are united in our shared project to empower, support and listen to those that are most affected in confronting their situations of precarity, and to cultivate their dynamic leadership in giving direction to this project. Together we move from critical thought to social action, from critical capacity to reinforcing autonomy, by sharing our stories of the good and the bad in our immigrant experience: people’s stories, stories of struggles that have led to victories, stories of our vulnerabilities materialized, of our unity that leads to strength.
The Artists’ Bloc is a group that manifests through spoken words and gesture. Our workshops regularly take place in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. Our creations take form in physical theatre, performance art, public interventions, and our messages are spread through our bodies, our banners, costumes, paint, and visual installations. Our work has been covered by radio, television, media, video and online. Our networks exist across this continent.
The Immigrant Workers’ Center (IWC) defends the rights of immigrants in their places of work and fights for dignity, respect, and justice. Some of our principal objectives include: improving living and working conditions for immigrant workers; mobilsing around workplace issues (including workplace accidents, harassment, unpaid wages or overtime, maternity leave, etc.); providing a safe place for immigrant workers to receive information, resources, and referrals. We offer these references and resources in several languages.
ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS
Saturday February 7: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Stories & Migration
Immigration knows many causes and effects. Our personal stories are intermixed with structural factors allowing for the transfer of goods and global capital. This workshop will facilitate voices that speak of the origins and reasons for seeking out a possible future in other places.
A day for exchange, a storytelling workshop, the sharing of stories of migration – across the city of Montreal, and across this continent.
An intergenerational workshop, open to all ages!
Saturday February 14th: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – We Make the Road by Walking
Temporary work has become more and more of a constant in immigrants’ lives in Canada and Quebec. Similarly temporary agencies become a constant in immigrants’ lives, giving direction to migrant and immigrant labor. These voices invite us to reflect on the effects of this reality on their daily lives.
A day for collective creation, these discussions will take place around an interactive and creative sculptural installation. Artists, agencies, workers, (im)migrants and witnessing will all be called upon.
And more activities to come!
WHEN : January 25 to February 28, Saturdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION : Unit 138, Plaza Côte-des-Neiges, 6700 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
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