PARADISE GLOSSED: A *Women’s Walking Weekend – Friday, November 17- Sunday, 19 2017
I am happy to invite you to join in our *Womens’ Walking Weekend
PARADISE GLOSSED: is a Roaming Assembly of participatory group walks investigating and contesting the aesthetic and social concerns present in the confluence of historical trails and the widely romanticized narratives in New York’s Hudson Valley. PG creates visibility and discourse about timely worldwide matters focusing on women’s* occupation of public space while making a multitude of public feminisms across generations, races and color. *All women including people who identify as women. PG is a Safe Zone and respects all abilities.
As Harriet Tubman led slaves along the Underground Railroad in Hudson Valley, Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Painting lead an aesthetic celebration of the region’s landscape and people, making the area popular while negating a multiplicity of bodies and narratives.
Cultural traditions of the Hudson River School include walking the land and idealized landscape painting which became world significant along with struggles for gender, racial, environmental and economic equality, causing the region to have a strong sense of place and identity, including a legacy of walking connected to exploring, excavating and escaping.
Through ethics of inclusion and feminist methods our public group walks are meant to engage a common thread that have an emancipatory dimension: making visible female agency, while drawing out latent histories by walking on and between the overlapping trails of the Underground Railroad, Delaware & Hudson Canal Trail, Wallkill Valley Trail, towpaths and the Hudson River School Painter’s Trail.
Essential to Paradise Glossed are the voices of women* articulating urgent concerns alongside strategies and solutions about inclusive representations of our bodies and histories.
What: A weekend of embodied research along and between historical trails in Hudson Valley, walking traces, desire lines, visible and invisible historical trails. As well as creating walks, movement, traces, sound, talking and sharing with women* All meals except Saturday’s lunch and alcohol are provided. Please BYOB and bring along one lunch that can travel in your own backpack or bag. The weekend is free and open to the public.
Where: CHRCH Projects Space is generously offering us their facility. CHRCH is an art space in a former church circa 1889. Our space for the weekend is fitted with a composting toilet, a small sink and a wood-burning stove. Please know that CHRCH has no showering facilities and that we will be camping out in CHRCH Friday and Saturday nights.
Kindly send RSVPS to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 10.
Co-Founder Walk Exchange www.walkexchange.org