Model Minority Publication Launch - Guelph

Sat Jan 24, 2015 - 3:00 pm - Sat Jan 24, 2015 - 6:00 pm @ People Of Good Will Events at Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario
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Join us for the launch of Model Minority by participating in collective reading of the text, rich conversation and warm soup with People of Good Will and Publication Studio. Model Minority is an assemblage of the readings, articles, ephemera, and archives discovered and created from Gendai Gallery’s year-long programming series issued under the same name. More information on the publication can be found here.


Heritage Hall is located at 83 Essex Street, Guelph about a 10 minute walk from the bus station. View map on the Guelph Black Heritage Society's website here.

Event participants

Gendai (a.k.a. Gendai Gallery) is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organization based in Toronto. With their year-long program, Model Minority, Gendai invites the public to explore the reality of what cultural diversity in Canada is today through unpacking such controversial notions as the "model minority". Presenting a series of screenings, workshops, publications and newly commissioned artworks with guest artists, designers, filmmakers and other researchers Gendai takes up the genealogy of the “minority” construct and its changes over generations, world events, between and across cultures. The aim is to expand the significance of an Asian diasporic arts institution such as Gendai within the fields of contemporary art, culture and politics by creating experimental platforms for the exercise of cultural agency. Infusing the discussions with an analysis of settler-colonial contexts, the project also moves towards building solidarities with other minority struggles.

People of Good Will is a collaborative project among the Guelph Black Heritage Society, Musagetes, local artists and the interdisciplinary artist collective Postcommodity that seeks to re-imagine the Underground Railroad narrative as a living history and metaphor of cultural self-determination for immigrants and culturally diverse peoples living in Guelph. Over the course of one year the project will produce arts, music, performance and cultural programming that brings the spirit of the Underground Railroad into the present consciousness of people of Ontario. To learn more about GBHS/Heritage Hall visit:

Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. We use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books; a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate our books for free); eBooks; and unique social events with our writers and artists in many cities. We attend to the social life of the book. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation, and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.

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The Model Minority program and publication has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and our Gendai's 2013 Indiegogo campaign supporters.

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