Talks by Maggie Ginestra and Colleen Itani will be followed by a soup dinner prepared by Maggie and Colleen and accompanied by free writing and guided conversation facilitated by the presenters.
...when a thick accumulation of HELL NO suddenly transforms into that SOFT YES...
Ginestra will reflect about through-lines in her curatorial and making practices that have ferried her to this moment: negotiations with transformation, ritual, community, capitalism, and language. *spoiler alert* She's now a full-time acupuncture student.
Colleen Itani will speak about the unfolding of Tally Zine Fest, from idea through realization. The first Tally Zine Fest took place in February 2018 with the goal of fostering an inclusive space for artists to provide self-published zines to the broader Tallahassee community. She will reflect on the successes and challenges of this event.
Maggie Ginestra is a writer, curator, organizer and educator currently living in Gainesville, Florida. She holds a BA in English from Florida State University, an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and was recently a lecturer at University of the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. She is the founder of the Walthall Artist Fellowship in Atlanta, a co-founder of Sloup (St. Louis’ soup dinner for the arts) and a current co-organizer of Queer Soup: Gainesville Edition. Recent curatorial projects include: Little Fires and Spark Party (ginkgo), Sumptuary (MINT gallery), One One and PORTALISM (Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia), and The Imaginary Million (WonderRoot).
Colleen Itani is an interdisciplinary artist based in Florida. Her practice is self-conscious and considers human desire and boredom. Questioning daily interaction and her own emotional responses, her work represents conflicted feelings of curiosity, confidence, and naiveté. By utilizing humor and vulnerability she addresses themes of relationships, presence, and the lack of reaching fulfillment. She is trying to communicate, trying to be understood, and trying to understand. She has a BA in International and Cultural Studies and BFA in Studio Art from The University of Tampa and is currently pursuing her MFA at Florida State University.