Make Your Own Demon! (As part if International Women’s Week)

2 Mar
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A feminist craft session for people of all genders, inspired by Lynda Barry’s graphic novel One Hundred Demons

Supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own as well!
No experience with arts or crafts necessary.
No previous knowledge of Lynda Barry’s One Hundred Demons necessary. However, if you would like to check it out, you can borrow a copy from Levana’s library by visiting our office at the Grey House (51 Bader Lane).

Venue is wheelchair-accessible.
Kids welcome.
Refreshments provided.
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Location: AKA Autonomous Social Centre 

Childcare available – please contact levanacentre@gmail.com or (613) 533–2963 to make arrangements
Please contact us with any access needs at levanacentre@gmail.com

We all struggle with demons throughout our lives. Levana sees demons everywhere – Patriarchy, Heteronormativity, Capitalism, Racism, Partner Abuse, to name a few. In One Hundred Demons, Lynda Barry devoted a chapter each to 20 of her own demons, exploring her experiences of racism, violence, loneliness, adolescence, etc. At the end of the book, she invites readers to create visual representations of their own demons.

At Levana, we see all kinds of demons haunting our lives in Kingston: bad jobs or no jobs, violent partners, racist bus drivers, street harassment, reduced/threatened spaces for marginalized students at Queen’s, inadequate mental health support, fat-shaming doctors and nurses, judgmental and suspicious social workers. We also know the demons of inadequacy and insecurity, body shame and fat shame, internalized oppression and self-hatred. In order to unearth our demons, we must identify them; call them out. To build loving, caring, strong communities, we’ve got to confront the demons that prevent us from treating each other well, caring for and supporting one another.

There’s rarely intentional space for us to discuss and challenge our demons, and even less space to do so together. We often feel alone and isolated, like these problems are our own to face, rather than finding comfort, support, and solidarity from so many others around us. And we’re made to feel responsible for these burdens, rather than understanding that the whole world is upside-down.

This event is an opportunity to create representations of some of the demons that haunt our lives and share them together. It will be a time to get together and talk, enjoy some music, and eat snacks.

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