A House

Jul 1 — 31, 2021



A House by S F Ho was born out of Hazel Meyer’s 2020 exhibition at Western Front, The Weight of Inheritance.

In the spring of 2016, a chance encounter at a house in Toronto’s east end led to Hazel being gifted a ton of marble that once belonged to artist and filmmaker Joyce Wieland. This marble sits as a conceptual base for The Weight of Inheritance, a continually developing body of work that wrestles with questions of legacy, queerness, and lineage, and of how to reconcile and situate oneself in the gaps and overlaps between feminisms. As part of the exhibition, artists Alysha Seriani and S F Ho were engaged to produce new works to sit alongside, and in conversation with, The Weight of Inheritance.

A House adapts memories of homes and houses shared by Seriani, exhibition curator Pablo de Ocampo, and exhibition assistant Simranpreet Anand, and plays off themes of history, materiality, and domesticity that emerge in Meyer’s work. Stemming from ongoing experiments in collaborative listening and writing, the text repeats, loops, and wanders around a shifting dream-like structure.

In a limited run of 150 copies, the publication was distributed for free through the post, with a customized envelope by Hazel Meyer. Copies delivered to addresses within Canada also bore a custom postage stamp, featuring an image created by Meyer and Seriani during their time spent with the exhibition at Western Front.

A House
Text by S F Ho
Design by Anahita Jamali Rad
Edited by David Bradford
Published by Western Front, 2021
30 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-0-920974-55-1

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