The Book is a Body that Bends: Public Discussion Series

As a part of the new exhibition The Book is a Body that Bends, we've organized a series of public discussions during the month of June. Join us and our three guest artists to talk about embodiment after trauma, healthy rage, and the connection between economic precarity, health and identity. Snacks, beverages, and takeaways created by each guest artist will be provided.

All discussions will take place from 11:30-1pm


PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209

Keep the Rage Tender with Emily Squires

Saturday, June 9th

Centered on the question: Is rage healthy? this discussion will explore the relationship between rage, health, and daily life and is informed by the book of poems titled Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and the work of the art collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?.

Emily Squires is an artist and educator, currently serving as the Education & Engagement Specialist at the Sexual & Gender Minority Resource Center (SMYRC) in Portland, OR. Her multidisciplinary and collaborative art practice and political work investigates themes such as voice, participation, belonging, and love.


Embodiment After Trauma with Rachel Hines

Saturday, June 16th

Rachel Hines will lead a discussion starting from the question "How do we receive care after trauma?". The discussion will be informed by her own personal research and book, Self Care Manual, as well as by an episode of the podcast On Being that she found pivotal in her own recovery: How Trauma Lodges in the Body with psychiatrist and author Bessel van der Kolk.

Listen to the interview with Bessel van der Kolk here.

Rachel Hines is a feminist artist and educator based in Portland. Her work explores the relationships between the inner Self, the exterior body, and the separate other. She currently teaches art at Portland State University and yoga at Root Whole Body.


We don’t need full time jobs to be full people with Ariana Jacob

Saturday, June 23rd

How does unstable work impact your health, emotional life and sense of belonging? So many of us now basically depend on the gig economy, piecing together part-time, temporary jobs to get by. As our work lives become precarious how do we learn to live in ways that don’t perpetuate personal insecurity but instead provide new ways of belonging together?

Let’s try getting grounded in who we are to ourselves and to each other in this world that's moving towards not needing most of us in its work force. Among other texts and ideas, this discussion is informed by James Bogg's text The Outsiders from The American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Worker's Notebook, Chapter 4.

Ariana Jacob makes artwork that uses conversation to explore political and personal interdependence and disconnection. Prior to working as an artist and academic Ariana managed a farmers’ market, worked in a cabinet shop, co-ran a secret cafe out of her apartment, and fished for salmon commercially. While being an artist and academic Ariana also does union organizing and group facilitation, alongside being a partner, friend, family member and wonderer. Ariana currently teaches in the Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University and is the Chair of Bargaining for PSUFA Adjunct Faculty Union.