Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Canada
Artist: Jenna Tenn-Yuk (Canada)
Medium: Spoken-word poetry workshops
For her 2014 Vancouver Biennale Residency, Tenn-Yuk led a number of creative, hands-on, spoken-word poetry workshops, culminating in a public event and dialogue, opening the borders between and bringing together voices from Christian, LGBTQ, and feminist communities. Using spoken word as a vehicle for social action and empowerment, she led workshops that acted as safe, open spaces for discussions about the issues and complexities amongst these groups.
“This dialogue is not about finding the answers, but living the questions and mutually learning from one another. Change takes a long time, but I believe it begins when we listen to one another and come to recognize our similarities and common humanity.” – Jenna Tenn-Yuk