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New Demands? Solo exhibition, Spudnik Press Cooperative
Textile banner, hand and machine sewn cotton and silk with trims
48 x 62
2016
Photo: Robert Chase Heisman
Screen printed and risograph prints
11 x 17 each, unframed
2016
New Demands? We Should Make the Laws
ink on paper (screen print)
11 x 17 unframed, edition of 10
2016
Photo: Robert Chase Heisman
ink on paper (screen print)
11 x 17 unframed, edition of 10
2016
New Demands? When We Strike We Win!
ink on paper (screen print)
11 x 17 unframed, edition of 10
2016
New Demands? The Union Label is in Fashion
Ink on paper (risograph print)
11 x 17 inches unframed, edition of 10
2016
New Demands? In Union We Are Strong
Hand and machine sewn cotton and silk with trims
44 x 58 inches
2016
New Demands? We Mourn Our Losses
Textile banner, hand and machine sewn cotton and silk with trims
44 x 58 inches
2015
New Demands?
Installation, digital prints
Dimensions variable
2016
New Demands?
Installation, digital prints
Dimensions variable
2016
New Demands?
Performance placards
Photo: Deb Jenkins
2014
New Demands?
Performance placards
Photo: Deb Jenkins
2014
New Demands?
Performance, New York City
Photo: Amber Lee
2013
New Demands?
Performance, Montreal
Photo: Vincent Lafrance
2012
New Demands?
Performance, Montreal
Photo: Jessica Hébert
2012
New Demands?
Performance, Montreal
Photo: Vincent Lafrance
2012
not a self-hating jew
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
2010
not a self-hating jew
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
2010
Radical Jewish Emplacement
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
Photos: Jenna Dawn
2011
Radical Jewish Emplacement
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
2011
Playing Schindler's List
Interactive video project
2007
Schindler Simulacra
Installation, 25 x 15 feet
Wall clad with two tons of steel; digitally manipulated film stills from Schindler’s List; custom built tunnel with sloped ceiling; video combining footage from the film Schindler’s List and documentary film
2003
Schindler Simulacra
Installation, 25 x 15 feet
Wall clad with two tons of steel; digitally manipulated film stills from Schindler’s List; custom built tunnel with sloped ceiling; video combining footage from the film Schindler’s List and documentary film
2003
Schindler Simulacra
Installation
2003

My art practice spans multiple media and forms, and incorporates lens-based and public performances, sited interventions, socially engaged interactions, participatory sewing projects, screen and digital printing, text-based installations, neon signs, and textile banners. My work responds to and seeks to create dialogue about pressing current issues, notably, working conditions and the curtailment of workers' rights, economic globalization, precarity, and the value of artistic labor. I have also grappled with the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and with the difficulties of speaking out as a progressive Jew against Israeli-state aggression against Palestinians. History, politics, and social relationships often constitute the raw material of my practice, which also draws on archival research, and personal family history. My interest in labor histories connects to cultural histories of Jewish activism in the garment industry, as well as my own family history: both of my parents and three of my grandparents worked in the garment industry in some capacity or another, and my grandmother was a factory worker and seamstress for most of her life.

Since 2011 I have been creating work under the title of New Demands?, an ongoing series of exhibitions and performances connecting the current crisis in timed labor to historical struggles for workers’ rights, particularly in the garment and textile industries. Many of the rights that were fought for and won by workers during the first half of the 20th century — the right to collective bargaining and freedom of association, workplace safety standards, a regulated work day and week, overtime and vacation pay, and health benefits — have been dramatically eroded in recent years, the result of increasingly neoliberal and predatory economic policies. As a result, demands for improved working conditions from 100 years ago remain relevant today. New Demands? mobilizes the slogans and demands of the American labor movement, and the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in particular. Using print and neon works, installations and performances, these historical slogans and demands are reinserted into public spaces, calling attention to the ongoing need for better working conditions, and creating spaces for interaction and dialogue.