Community Workshop Facilitated by Lan “Florence” Yee

Blackout Poetry

Saturday October 14, 2023 at 2 - 4 PM
Textile Museum of Canada

We invite youth 8-22 years old to join artist Lan “Florence” Yee in a workshop using blackout poetry, with the Museum’s exhibition labels as the subject matter. 

Blackout poetry uses existing text as a way to find new meaning through striking out words. By redacting, participants will get to  refuse, emphasize, and transform text. This  technique is  similar  to collage, and was used  in Surreal art and Dada art movements. This type of poetry invites participants to question the information that is in front of them as a way to explore the ideas expressed in the original text and to reinterpret the words through creativity and self-expression.

From the Workshop

About  the  Facilitator:  Lan  “Florence”  Yee

Lan “Florence” Yee is a visual artist and serial collaborator based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. They collect text in underappreciated places and ferment it until it is too suspicious to ignore. Lan’s work has been exhibited at the Darling Foundry (2022), the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art (2021), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2020), the Textile Museum of Canada (2020), and the Gardiner Museum (2019), among others. Along with Arezu Salamzadeh, they co-founded the Chinatown Biennial in 2020. They obtained a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from OCAD U.

*Headshot credit goes to Ananna Rafa & Jenn Qu



Mending the Museum (2023)
Workshop Series:
   Narrative Charm
   Blackout Poetry
   Play it Forward
   Cloning and Paper Clay


About the Collective
Members of the Collective

Mending the Museum is a collaborative duo comprised of Karina Román Justo and Camila Salcedo. Together, their intent is to work as a bridge between artists, communities, regional museums, and craft objects from their collections, to reflect on ancestry and speculative futures within the framework of cultural belonging.

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