Oct 10, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Thursday

Thu Oct 10, 8:00 PM - Thu Oct 10, 10:00 PM
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Community: Downtown Brooklyn



Thursday, October 10th, ISSUE is honored to present an evening in celebration of the organization’s beloved late founder Suzanne Fiol. The event is an open showcase of Suzanne Fiol:

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Ten Years Alive, an exhibition of Suzanne’s mixed media work organized in collaboration with Suzanne’s daughter, Sarah Fiol, who gives an introduction to the work. The evening presents a conversation with Suzanne’s close friends: artists Kathy Brew, Michelle Handelman, and Kimiko Hahn centered around themes from Suzanne’s unfinished book/film proposal The Mothers of Creation / The Matriarch Project, while also highlighting each speaker’s own artistic practices and work. Interdisciplinary artist, composer, and 2010 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence MV Carbon, also a close friend of Suzanne, stages new work within the exhibition setting.

In addition to her leadership role in the performing arts, Suzanne Fiol was a respected photographer and visual artist. During the1990s and early 2000s, Fiol created large-scale photo collages, which she then layered with paint to expressively expand the images’ latent emotions. Suzanne Fiol: Ten Years Alive features original works that incorporate paint superimposed on photographs, exploring the territories of love, relationships, identity, sexuality, and motherhood.

In response to the exhibition, artists, writers, filmmakers Kathy Brew and Michelle Handelman, and author and poet Kimiko Hahn, will be in conversation exploring Suzanne Fiol’s Mothers of Creation / The Matriarch Project, a documentary film and book project that planned to showcase ethnographic portraits of women artists: discussing struggles, successes, and their own role as a “mother of creation,” a term of endearment coined by Fiol to highlight the creative potential of femininity. In a proposal for the film/book project Fiol notes:

“Birth comes in many forms. Some women give birth to human life. Some women birth intellectual, artistic and spiritual gifts for humankind. And some do both, sharing in different ways [...] Through their work and their example, these women have not only planted new seeds of knowledge and aesthetic vision in our culture; they have also created a legacy that infuses others with the courage to bring forth their own gifts.”

Returning to ISSUE after her 2017 collaboration with Bradley Eros, MV Carbon stages a live performance exploring autonomous approaches to producing sound. Workin

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