Estuary

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Estuary

Charlotte Zhang, Tania Willard and Steven Thomas Davies, Cecily Nicholson, Tau Lewis, Julia Feyrer, Elisa Ferrari and John Brennan 
 
July 19–September 1
 
Join us for the Opening Reception and a reading by Cecily Nicholson, on Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm
 
Public Tour: August 1, 5:30 pm
 
Curated by Christian Vistan and Jesse Birch
 
In an estuary, where freshwater and saltwater meet, materials accumulate faster than they can be carried away. The Nanaimo River Estuary supports life through biodiversity and nutrient cycles, serving as a resource and sanctuary for its inhabitants. Legacies of industrial and colonial land practices also significantly impact this environment. In this contested site, food, economy, waste, history, and memory settle together like sediment, only to be stirred back into suspension, creating opportunities for new understanding. 
 
The exhibition Estuary takes up the work of its namesake–materials and histories converge on the Gallery’s floors and walls. This repository of sculpture, textile, sound, poetry, and video shares personal stories and communal geographies. Estuary features hand-sewn tapestries rooted in recuperative labour, filmic tracings of Nanaimo’s disappeared Chinatowns, aural explorations of the estuarine environment, and other artworks that see an estuary as a place of flux and process. 
 
Considering the estuary and what generates and regenerates there, Estuary is the second exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery ask the question: what are generations?
 
Image: Tau Lewis, look how long I've been crying to get to you! (detail), Found furs, leathers, fabrics, 2018
 

 

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Estuary Walk with Nancy Turner and Geraldine Manson

NANAIMO RIVER ESTUARY, JULY 20, 10 am
Meeting Place: Nanaimo River Estuary Conservation Area, 1000 Raines Rd.
$20 non-members | $15 members Registration required, online or call 250.754.1750
 
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Ethnobotanist Nancy Turner and elder Geraldine Manson (Snuneymuxw Nation) share the breadth of their extensive knowledge of native and invasive plants as they lead a walk on the Nanaimo River Estuary. Spend the morning with them, getting to know this special place, and the things that are sustained by it. 
 

Estuary Talk with Tania Willard and Steven Thomas Davies

NANAIMO RIVER ESTUARY (WEST SIDE), SEPTEMBER 1, 10 am 
Meeting Place: Parking lot at 6 Maki Rd., before the entrance to Living Forest Campground.
Free | Registration required
 
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This site has limited accessibility for those with mobility devices or strollers. Call the Gallery for details 
 
Artist and curator, Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation) and, artist and filmmaker, Steven Thomas Davies
(Snuneymuxw Nation) collaborated on an installation that explores the submerged perspectives of eelgrass
beds in estuarine ecosystems. On the last day of Estuary, join them for a special dialogue on site, where they will speak about their respective practices, and their collaboration for the exhibition.
 
Image: Curatorial Research Image, April 5, 2019

Across the Table

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Across the Table

April 26 to June 30, 2019
Join us for the opening reception on April 25, 7 pm
 
Guy Ben-Ner, Justine A. Chambers, Joel Good and William Good, Tanya Lukin Linklater
 
The title for this exhibition was inspired by the working methods of father and son Snuneymuxw artists Joel Good and William Good, who carve together across from each other at the kitchen table almost every day. However, this practice of shared learning through direct connections across generations is central to all of the artworks in the exhibition. In addition to collaborative carvings by the Goods, Across the Table features a father and daughter who reenact Moby Dick in their kitchen, and families who dance across generations while sharing stories, music, and gestures.
 
Sharing artistic collaborations between mothers and sons and daughters and fathers and grandmothers, Across the Table is the first exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: What are generations?
 
Image: Tanya Lukin Linklater, The treaty is in the body, Digital video, 2017, Photograph by Liz Lott

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Dance workshops with Justine A. Chambers
May 15, 16, 17 and 18
3 to 4 pm in the Gallery

Free and open to all ages and abilities.
Drop-in to one or more workshops
Wear sneakers and comfortable clothing.
Presented in collaboration with Crimson Coast Dance Society

The anchors of Justine A. Chambers movement based practice are found in collaborative creation, close observation, and the idea of choreography as living archive. As part of Across the Table, she will lead a series of dance workshops in the Gallery. These workshops are based on conversations Justine had with her 90 year-old grandmother, Delores Hutchinson, in which Delores described the dances she frequented during her teens at The Parkway Ballroom on the south side of Chicago. In these free public workshops, Justine will collaborate with participants of all ages and abilities to translate Delores' stories back into dance.

Image: Justine A. Chambers, Justine & Delores Aug 7/1983 Edmonton, Image courtesy of the artist 

 


 

athut / Words Bounce

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athut / Words Bounce

January 25 to March 31, 2019
Join us for the opening on Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm
 
Joi T. Arcand, Patrick Cruz, Susan Hiller
 
Sometimes words are dropped, and sometimes they are thrown; sometimes they bounce away, and sometimes they bounce back. athut / Words Bounce is an exhibition of painting, installation, photography, and video works by three artists who engage languages as they shift, transform, and even disappear, while impacting people and the cultures they belong to. 
 
In this exhibition Joi T. Arcand, Patrick Cruz, and Susan Hiller approach language as both a subject and a means of articulation, amplified through art. Some of the works in athut / Words Bounce see the generative possibilities of hybridized understandings and mistranslations, while others highlight the vital importance of direct language advocacy to cultural resurgence. 
 
Joi T. Arcand is from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in central Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, and currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Through photographs, sculptural installations and public artworks, Arcand centralises the revitalization of the Nēhiyawēwin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Plains Cree) language in her work. Many of her works project a future where the Nēhiyawēwin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ is once again dominant in Arcand’s communities and beyond, returning to the fore as a visible feature in the landscape. Arcand is herself in the process of learning Nēhiyawēwin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ, and recent projects focus on the past and present, drawing from family photographs and other collected images along with comments referring to language and culture received from Arcand’s mentors.
 
Toronto based Filipino-Canadian artist Patrick Cruz's work employs a maximalist approach to painting and sculptural installation that engages cultural and linguistic hybridities. Recent projects under the title Step Mother Tongue include immersive floor to ceiling wall paintings of glyphs and symbols inspired by graffiti, cave drawings, alchemical symbols, and written languages, including the pre-contact Tagalog syllabary Baybayin. In athut / Words Bounce Cruz will create a new version of Step Mother Tongue that will include ceramic vessels based on an ancient pottery practice called Pagburnayan from the Northern-West region of the Philippines. Cruz thinks of clay as akin to language—they both possess a physicality that is malleable. For this installation, potters from the Nanaimo area have been commissioned to make vessels, translated from images of Pagburnayan pots, that will then be painted by Cruz. The Nanaimo Step Mother Tongue installation will also be activated during the exhibition with poetry readings, language classes, and other events. 
 
Born in Talahasse Florida, Susan Hiller lives and works in the United Kingdom. Hiller is a highly influential artist who has been practicing for more than 40 years. Her work often engages intersections between language and technology. athut / Words Bounce features Lost and Found (2016) an immersive video installation built around an audio compilation of voices speaking in 23 different languages, including Aramaic, Comanche, Livonian and other endangered idioms. Many of the anecdotes, songs, arguments, memories, and conversations, shared in Lost and Found directly express the value of language.
 
The English title Words Bounce ricocheted from a very precise two word sentence found in a verse novel by Canadian author Anne Carson* The Hul'q’umi'num title, athut, was provided by Gary Manson and Adam Manson, language advocates from the Snuneymuxw Nation. athut is not a translation of Words Bounce, but rather a parallel title responding to the exhibition on its own terms.  
 
Speaking of languages as they transform, evolve, disappear, and rebound, athut / Words Bounce is the final exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: how can we speak differently? In Hul’q’umi’num, the language of the Snuneymuxw people: scekwul yuxw ‘alu kws nec’s tu sqwal ct 
 
*Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1999.
 
Image: Patrick Cruz, Step Mother Tongue, India ink, 2 channel video, cardboard, acrylic, 2018
 

 

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Whess Harman, Selina Boan, Christian Vistan, Emma Metcalfe Hurst
Organized by SPIT
March 24, 2 pm*
 
Sonnet L'Abbé & Fred Wah
March 31, 2 pm 
 
Join us for two special afternoons of poetry on the occasion of athut / Words Bounce, the final exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: how can we speak differently? In Hul'q'umi'num, the language of the Snuneymuxw people: scekwul yuxw 'alu kws nec's tu sqwal ct.

These readings will be held in the gallery within Patrick Cruz's installation Step Mother Tongue. Cruz's dynamic installation utilizes painted glyphs and symbols inspired by graffiti, cave drawings, alchemical symbols, and written languages, including the pre-contact Tagalog syllabary Baybayin to engage with cultural and linguistic hybridities.

Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the Emily Carr University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge Artist Residency Program.

Selina Boan is a poet currently living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land. In 2017, she won the National Magazine Award for Poetry and recently won Room's 2018 Poetry Contest. Her work has been published widely and was included in the 2018 Best Canadian Poetry Anthology. She is currently at work on a collection of poems exploring her Cree and European heritage.

Christian Vistan is an artist currently based in Nanaimo, on traditional Snuneymuxw territory. His work has been shown nationally in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and Winnipeg, as well as internationally in the US, and Philippines. He is currently the Curatorial Intern at Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Emma Metcalfe Hurst hails from Vancouver on Coast Salish land where she writes, makes, organizes, listens, and records. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is currently the Project Coordinator for Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week. From 2016-2017, she held the position of Curatorial Intern at Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Sonnet L'Abbé is a poet living in Nanaimo, where is a professor at Vancouver Island University. She is author of three books of poetry, A Strange Relief, Killarnoe, and Sonnet's Shakespeare (forthcoming, 2019). She was the editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2014, and her chapbook, Anima Canadensis, won the 2017 bp Nichol Chapbook Award.

Fred Wah is a writer and poet living in Vancouver. He has published numerous collections of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. In 2011, he served as Canada's 5th Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and in 2013, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

SPIT is a collaborative project that engages with text, writing, and publishing through writing workshops, site specific events, new collaborations, performances, podcasting, readings and publishing experiments. SPIT is organized together by Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Christian Vistan.


 

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