A thick layer of fog hangs over a grey ocean.

Stephanie Springgay and Jay Pahre in Conversation

Apr 23, 2024
  • Stephanie Springgay
  • Jay Pahre



2:00 – 3:00 p.m.





Western Front is pleased to present an online conversation between artist-in-residence Jay Pahre and professor Stephanie Springgay. The discussion will connect Springgay’s research into critical walking methodologies with The Weather Report, Pahre’s new series of broadcasted writing developed while in residence. Drawing on a shared interest in shifting queer ecologies, Springgay and Pahre will embody a meeting of atmospheres where questions of movement, weather, and affect collide.

About the Artists

Stephanie Springgay is a professor and director of the School of the Arts at McMaster University with a specialization in research-creation. Her work focuses on walking, affect, queer theory, and contemporary art as pedagogy. She has published widely on contemporary art, queer-feminist anti-racist pedagogies, and social practice arts. Her work can be found on the WalkingLab project site.

Stephanie Springgay smiles at the camera and wears a black short sleeve top and glasses with a black and red checkered frame. A tall metal fence and foliage can be seen behind her.

Jay Pahre is a queer and trans settler artist, writer, and cultural worker based on the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ peoples (Vancouver, Canada). His work engages trans and queer ecologies, interspecies collaboration, and place in the context of settler colonialism. He has attended residencies at the Western Front, Banff Centre and Isle Royale National Park. His work has been exhibited across the US and Canada at traditional galleries and community spaces, and his writing has been published in academic journals and comic anthologies.

A selfie of Jay Pahre with a closed-mouth smile. His blonde hair is pulled back, and he wears a plaid shirt under a light grey windbreaker. A brown leather bag strap crosses his shoulder. Lush foliage can be seen in the background.


Thanks to Paula Booker for initiating this project as part of her curatorial project, Storytelling and Stewardship.


The event will take place on Zoom. Accessibility settings for the platform can be found here.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.