SALVOS: An Exploration of Growth

Live performance by Avery Mooring
In-person at Union Gallery: July 22, 2022 at 1pm
Virtually live-streaming: through our Instagram account

Avery Mooring’s SALVOS: An Exploration of Growth, is a performance intended to showcase the integral role of survival in forming sustainable futures for our communities. Directly translated from Latin as survival, the word salvos encompasses Mooring’s commitment to creating upcycled eco-friendly fashion as a way to curb overconsumption and waste. Her use of vibrant colours and bold designs create lively movement that continuously inundate her pieces with fresh perspectives. Ultimately, Mooring’s performance adds a thoughtful and expansive aspect to the exhibition, fueling further exploration of conserving our planet.

Image: Avery Mooring, Blinds of Growth (detail), 2022

This performance is a part of the exhibition Imagining Sustainable Futures curated by Akosua Adasi, which features works by nine student and professional artists based in the Katarokwi-Kingston area who engage with urgent local and global issues. Each of the artists in the exhibition reflects on how their practice contributes to visualizing sustainable futures in their immediate communities and those around the world. The themes of climate action and social issues foregrounded in this exhibition are underscored by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to address global issues including areas of social inequality, climate change, and environmental protection.

Akosua Adasi

Akosua Adasi is a second-year MA student in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University. She specializes in Black feminist theory and contemporary Black art in visual and popular culture, focusing on the construction of the Black body as it relates to hybridity.

Avery Mooring

Avery Mooring was inspired to begin sewing and fashion design at a very young age after watching her mother sew for hours at their dining room table. Avery was mesmerized by the depths at which her creativity could flow in the realm of fabric manipulation. Through the support of her high school teachers and principal, she began competing in the Skills Ontario Competition for Fashion Design and received a silver medal in her final year. Through her involvement in Queen's fashion community she began to concern herself with the troubles at hand surrounding fast fashion. As a designer, Head of Independent Design, and now Co-President of VCFS she continues to pursue sustainable options for fashion design. Avery has also dabbled in collaborative work by partnering with a local custom apparel business, Shop Dressr. Together they curated a sustainable Homecoming collection and have future projects on the way.

This exhibition is presented in affiliation with Queen's Global Summer, with thanks to Amitava Chowdhury, Jennifer Lucas and Alejandro Arauz. The exhibition is curated by Art History MA student, Akosua Adasi; juried by Akosua Adasi, Jen Kennedy, Sunny Kerr and Carina Magazzeni; with installation coordinated by Akosua Adasi, Carina Magazzeni, and Abby Nowakowski. Queen's Global Summer is the first interdisciplinary on-campus summer program for the Faculty of Arts and Science. The program offers new for-credit courses to undergraduate students, as well as a host of unique experiences to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, professionals, and the wider community, which will take place in summer 2022 over 6 weeks in July and August.