Love's Labours, 2017
A 45-minute moving image program on the intersections between motherhood and artistic practice as they relate to issues and themes of care. Curated by Shani K Parsons in conjunction with Amber Berson and Juliana Driever's The Let Down Reflex at the University of Toronto Mississauga's Blackwood Gallery, the program screened at the Revue Theatre in Roncesvalles in 2017 as part of the gallery's yearlong series of exhibitions on themes of care.
Including historical film excerpts, experimental film and video, mini-documentary interviews, and spoken word/music, Love’s Labours is conceived as a variety show of sorts that encompasses a sometimes startling, many times humorous glimpse of the strategies, perspectives, and experiences these artists have integrated into their work and lives. Each wrestles with unique conflicts, obligations, aspirations, and transformations that the labours (physical, mental, emotional) of motherhood bring to bear upon their inner worlds and identities, negotiating the intensities and intimacies of maternal and artistic life in the face of ongoing societal pressures and inequities.