© Tina Carlisi

Tina Carlisi — Radical Softness

Feb. 12th to 16th, 2024 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate : $70
Drop-in class rate : $20
(available one month prior)
Language of instruction : English
Questions can also be asked in : French
Open to artists of all disciplines



The mask could be mandatory for some activities as an accessibility measure for our teachers or participants. For more information, click here.

* Note that wearing a mask is required for Monday and Tuesday participants. N-95 mask will be available at the entrance. 

Through group discussion and play, this workshop is a space to explore and experiment with radical softness — a term first coined by queer artist and poet Lora Mathis in 2015 to describe how presenting your emotional self is a political act, one which works against our patriarchal society’s expectations. They related ‘radical softness’ to the Audre Lorde quote “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This workshop will particularly draw references from poetry and ideas by queer, feminist, bipoc authors and engage in conversational and non-verbal forms of play inspired by social theater and games as well as other creative forms such as drawing and writing. We will creatively and critically explore ways to express how softness can be radical.

Some classes may require art supplies, but this will be kept to a minimal and mainly materials that are usually readily available on-hand at home. 

This workshop involves moving around, dancing, and more to music but all activities can be modified by participants accordingly. Workshop is a mix of sitting and moving around.

Tina Carlisi
is an artist working in social art, participatory performance, skill-sharing workshops, poetry, and printmaking. Her artistic practice revolves around the exploration of intimacy and is driven by creating intimate ways of bringing people together. She participates in various communal free school projects/residencies, driven by her passion for alternative and transformative forms of education, art creation, and community building. In 2022, she completed her PhD in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her doctoral research delves into the intricate dynamics of squatting communities in Copenhagen, London, and Barcelona, examining them as intimate models for communal living, learning, and creativity through field research, drawing, and poetry.