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eggshells, eggshells 

18 August 7pm - 19 August 8am



Unit 17 is thrilled to present eggshells, eggshells and Peep Show Pop-Up - a book launch and series of performances by Vancouver artist, writer and researcher Alexandra Bischoff, beginning at 7pm on Saturday, 18 August and running until 8am Sunday, 19 August. 

These special events were the initial catalyst for the group exhibition SOOT (presented between 16 December 2017 - 21 January 2018) and emerged from conversations with the artist around her publication of the same name. It recounts the artist’s night shifts at Fantasy Factory, Canada’s longest running sex shop. Graveyard shifts lasted from 8pm - 8am, mirroring the duration of this one night event. The gallery will remain open overnight, with performances occurring throughout. 


7pm eggshells, eggshells and reception with nada Purlo and Cassandra Naymie


9pm Peep Show Pop-Up (solo poke) with Nathalie Maynard


1am Peep Show Pop-Up (midnight snack) with Chipo Chipaziwa


3am Peep Show Pop-Up (witching hour) with Aerial Sunday 


5am Peep Show Pop-Up (spit shine) with Kat Kott


7am Peep Show Pop-Up (care for me) with Jelena Markovic and Jasper Heaton

eggshells, eggshells acts as a connective glue for our upcoming group exhibition, structured around themes of power, sexuality, economy and the body. Apparitions - with Gabrielle L'Hirondelle HillMotoko IshibashiUrsula Mayer & Douglas Watt - opens at the gallery 23 August and runs until 30 September 2018, with a closing reception 27 September 6 - 9pm. 

Alexandra Bischoff (b. 1991) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and is an MFA candidate at Concordia University. In 2018, Bischoff mounted Rereading Room: the Vancouver Women's Bookstore (1973-96) (2016-18) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver), and orchestrated the installation's parallel performance, The Readers (2018). Recently, she has performed and exhibited with 221A (Vancouver), the Vancouver Art Book Fair, Petite Nuit Blanche (Edmonton), IKG Live 2 (Calgary) and The Works International Art & Design Festival (Edmonton). Previous residencies have included N.O.P.E. at 221A and Naked State produced by Arts Unfold (Toronto), as well as writing residencies with the Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver) and Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver).

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