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The Parlour Project: Spider, Fly, and Web
20 septembre 2019 @ 20 h 00 min - 21 h 30 min
Nudité – 18 ans et +
Step into artist Amber Dawn Bellemare’s parlour… The Parlour Project: Spider, Fly, and Web is a provocative, vulnerable auto ethnography about the artist’s lived reality as a former sex worker, using the contributions from her patrons to fund her work as an emerging artist. An intimate embodiment of human connection and sexuality, The Parlour Project reflects Bellemare’s insights about womanhood and the commodification of the feminine divine. This immersive, raw and theatrical installation art event is an opportunity for audiences to participate in her story from their own place of imagination, morality, experience and courage. At the beautiful Wolf Lab studio at 4035 rue Saint-Ambroise from Sept. 19-28. Contains nudity—for ages 18+.
The Parlour Project is unprecedented; a unique contribution that allows a glimpse inside the oldest profession. Bellemare often thought of her former work as performance art; creating a sensual and delightful environment that provides a framework for experiences of rapport, eroticism and escape.
As a sex worker, selfies became the artist’s main vehicle for creative expression, communication with clients, and self- reflection. The bulk of Bellemare’s work documents each rendezvous with a selfie before and after (and sometimes during), so as to discern what was working, what wasn’t, and to honour herself in her most exposed state. By revealing only part of the story, she challenges viewers to fill in the blanks.
The project will ultimately consist of 3 parts: the multimedia/pop-up ceremony event, as well as an accompanying book and documentary about the total’s creation (to be filmed live throughout the weekend). The documentary will eventually weave the two narrative arcs of the story: before and after a session, including the moments Bellemare took the selfies; and the process of making the installation/event—what it takes to create something of this scope, theme and risk.
Amber Dawn Bellemare is a Montreal based artist whose work involves themes of vulnerability, resilience, and belonging. She is the Project Animator for the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Initiative for the Canadian Unitarian Council and the proud founder and member of The Wolf Lab, a local woman’s art collective that nurtures the creative entrepreneurial spirit of women in a collaborative setting. Bellemare works one on one with each Wolf Lab member to develop skills beyond the vision they have for themselves, a reciprocal exchange. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated back to the collective.
Integrally connected to The Parlour Project: Spider, Fly, and Web are: Sharon Brass, guiding the process of ceremony; Jonathan Della Vecchia, projections; Luca Santilli, sound; Lana Nimmons behind the scenes/editorial photos; Audrey Paquette, Andrea Pelletier and Kelly Jewer, photos and documentary participation; and Emmanuel Martin, choreography.
Tickets online: $20, $15 students/seniors/sex workers, $25 at the door