Textile installation on floor

Outside The Lines

This exhibition was held May 15-19, 2017 in conjunction with the international conference “Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas, A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar.”

Kadar is a noted Canadian feminist studies and life writing scholar whose research interests clustered around issues of gender and genre with special attention given to trauma and illness studies, archival methodologies, and transnational themes in the Americas. For more information, visit the conference website at https://iaba-americas.org/future-conferences/


Lines have been drawn to mark difference – to keep difference in line. The exhibition Outside The Lines featured 10 artists who represent the beyond and within of lines through their artistic practices. This exhibition brought together diverse ways of working with materials to show qualities of living that sit outside of mainstream perception and narrative.

These artists collaborate with autistic experience to challenge notions of independence and care narratives; explore the daily experiences of living with disability that are uniquely humorous, difficult, or lovely; draw queer sexuality and gender through memory fragments; investigate the lived experience of existence with queer and immigrant identity; question the fragmentation of gender, feminism and the body; and challenge the dominant medical and pharmaceutical narratives of experience with cancer.

This exhibition was held May 15-19, 2017 at the Eleanor Winters Gallery, 129 Winters College
York University.


Yvonne Singer, Naz Rahbar, Martha Newbigging,  Lindsay Fisher, JoAnn Purcell, Erin Vincent, Estée Klar, Ellen Bleiwas, Eli Howey, Diana Meredith.


Martha Newbigging, curator: martha.newbigging@gmail.com
Dr. Eva Karpinski: evakarp@yorku.ca


With generous support from a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), a/b Auto/Biography Studies and York University: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; Department of Humanities, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Research Event Fund, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Canada @ 150 Fund, and the Centre for Feminist Research.


This is a detail image from Forming 2, a hand printed silkscreen comic by artist Eli Howey in 2016.