Fresh Milk welcomes International Resident Creatives from Toronto – Christian Campbell and Kara Springer

Past work by Kara Springer

FRESH MILK is happy to welcome Toronto based poet and cultural critic Christian Campbell and industrial designer and visual artist Kara Springer to our International Residency Programme between December 1st – 19th, 2014. While in residence, Christian, a Trinidadian-Bahamian, will be working on poems for a new manuscript and on essays. In addition he will be offering two “creative critical writing” workshops to Barbadian writers as a way to open up exciting and rigorous new ways of talking about writing and expressive cultures. Christian’s “Critical creative writing” workshops will be held on Saturday December 6th and 13th at Fresh Milk.

Of Bajan and Jamaican heritage, Kara was born in Barbados, and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada. This residency will provide her with a first opportunity to develop her art practice in her native island, Barbados. Kara will work on a series of temporal sculptural installations in the natural landscape – a continuation of a series begun in Nassau earlier this year. Her minimalist structural installations exist in the natural landscape and establish a dialogue that challenges standard ideas of minimalism as an aesthetic and a practice.

Stay tuned for more information including more on Fresh Milk’s final public event for the year which will take place on Friday December 19th from 6.30-8.30pm where Christian will read from his writing, Kara  will share work produced on the residency and we’ll kick off the season with cheer!

Read more about the residents and their practices below.

About Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell is a Trinidadian-Bahamian poet and cultural critic. His widely acclaimed first book, Running the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was a finalist for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection, among many other awards. Running the Dusk was also named one of the best books of 2010 by the Caribbean Review of Books,Horizon Review and Poetry International. In 2015 Running the Dusk will be translated into Spanish and published as Correr el Crepúsculo by Ediciones Santiago in Cuba. His poetry and essays have been published widely in journals and newspapers such as Callaloo, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Small Axe and Wasafiri.  He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and currently teaches at the University of Toronto.

About Kara Springer

Kara Springer is an industrial designer and visual artist.  Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, she currently lives and works between Toronto and Detroit.  Her interdisciplinary practice explores the intersections of the body and industrial modes of production through sculpture, photography and designed objects. Kara completed an Hon.B.Sc. in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto concurrent to a B.Des. in Industrial Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design.  She received her M.A. in New Media and Contemporary Technology from ENSCI Les Ateliers in Paris in 2007. Her work has been exhibited at the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts in Germany, the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, the Cultural Center of Belem in Portugal, and is currently included in the 2014 Jamaica Biennial.

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