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a video performance in collaboration with Dion Kaszas, Tia Taurere Clearsky, and Aerlyn Weissman

opens 13 january, 6-9pm as part of what remains at gallery gachet, 88 east cordova, vancouver, coast salish territories

exhibition runs 13 january – 12 march, 2017

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

with additional support from AA Battery Practice

AND… an exhibition of work by British Columbia based artists

The performance video/object piece Colonial Blanket for Peoples Who Refuse to Vanish will be  at the wonderful Two Rivers Gallery , 725 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC from 19 January – 2 April, 2017.

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The exhibition AND… marks the 150th anniversary of confederation of Canada, a solidifying moment in the history of this country. It is the conjunction of experience and a tale to which there is always another side. Continue reading

Memento Mori at Surrey Art Gallery

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Memento Mori: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Still Lifes

Presented in conjunction with the Surrey Art Gallery fall exhibits related to the still life genre, the Arts Council of Surrey presents an exhibit of 2D artworks that explores contemporary ideas about still life. Artists have been invited to consider the meanings and symbolism of still life imagery today through a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography.

Opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Artists: Afuwa, Adam Back, Linda Bickerton-Ross, Gail Biddle, Elizabeth Carefoot, Beatrice Cojovanu, Sanjoy Das, Rowena Dela Pena, Alanna de la Vega, Nino Dobrosavljevic, Tom Douglas, Ernie Faessler, Eileen Fong, Kathleen Gaitt, Kathleen Gallagher, Katina Giesbrecht, Helmut Gruntorad, Louise Harding, Elizabeth Hollick, Karen Kroeker, Melanie Lastoria, Amy Lee, Chito Maravilla, George Omorean, Lea O’Shea, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Roland Rihela, Erik Rissiek, Meghan Spence, Paul Stilwell.

Curator: Juried

Origin of Exhibition: Arts Council of Surrey – See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/20221.aspx#sthash.ZJb1BqQm.dpuf

Oddities at Gallery Gachet

http://gachet.org/exhibitions/oddities

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Exhibition runs: January 9th- February 22nd, 2015
Opening reception: Fri, January 9th, 7.00 – 10.00pm

Gallery Gachet is an artist-run centre committed to demystifying and challenging issues related to mental health and social marginalization in order to educate the public and promote social and economic justice through artistic means. Our gallery and studio space, precariously balanced in a neighbourhood undergoing advanced gentrification, has emerged as a symbol of creative refuge and artist-driven authenticity.

Gallery Gachet is pleased to present this year’s Annual Members Show, Oddities.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a cabinet of curiosities was a place, or more precisely a wooden piece of furniture with several compartments, where people would exhibit bizarre objects, artifacts and specimens —in a word oddities. Everything from a two-headed cow fetus soaking in formaldehyde to an alleged unicorn horn, these objects gesture towards the complexity of the world and the vastness of the unknown. While these displays were successful in sparking the creative imaginations of many, they exist as a mode of classification, capable of objectifying and subjugating what is different by suggesting a particular and often misguided reading to the viewer.

Classification of the atypical has taken on many forms throughout history; witch hunts, circus sideshows, and in modern medical practices including the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM.

Oddities will set out to answer these questions posed by artists from the Gallery Gachet collective: Can we achieve a more holistic sense of the human experience by assuming or subverting labels such as mad, freak or weird? What parts of our experiences do we want to keep strange? How much do we want to explain? Is there still room for the uncanny or fantastic? Can we, as artists, create an alluring space of wonder while representing ourselves and our experiences?

Performing Utopias Conference

March 13 – 15 at UBC http://performingutopias.com/

I’m presenting on the Saturday afternoon panel with Michael Sakamoto, David Khang, Jayce Salloum and Manuel Piña, moderated by Alessandra Santos.

There’s tons of awesome performances and talks, all free and open to the public — check out the full conference program.  

Performing Utopias is organised by Alessandra Santos and Kim Beauchesne of UBC’s French, Hispanic and Italian Studies department with assistance from Gabriela Badica.

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PERFORMING UTOPIAS

Utopia may be described as an ideal community, or as an imagined ideal
society. In different world locations, utopias have historically generated
practical projects that strived for a better common life.

The goal of the Performing Utopias conference is to bring together students, scholars, artists, organizers, and other members of the community at large to reflect and envision practical possibilities for improving society. We will also address utopias counterpoint: dystopias.

One of the questions the conference poses to its participants is: how to
imagine local utopias that resonate globally? The conference is an invitation to re-think multi-disciplinary, local and international contexts, and to ask important questions about cultural, social and environmental issues.

Conference events will consist of workshops, presentations, discussions,
performances, and artistic interventions. Through the conference’s activities, we aim to create an opportunity for dialogue, exchange, and networking possibilities among a diverse and international group of research and community sectors.