Event Category: Exhibition

A Museum for Future Fossils + Broad Topics

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Join us Friday, June 7 at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre for:
An artist talk by Abedar Kamgari from 3-4pm
A Museum for Future Fossils’ Open House from 4-6pm
And a series of screenings presented by LOMAA

A Museum for Future Fossils is a series of events and projects, including exhibitions, a workshop, and a graduate summer school, bringing together a key group of people working on museums, contemporary art, the Anthropocene, and climate change. Since June 1, graduate students participating in the MFFF project have been using the Artlab as a laboratory and meeting place. This exhibition is a living archive of the discussions and learning taking place as they consider the transnational implications of ecological crises – and art worlds – that cross borders and Indigenous lands and waters.

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Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Writing Landscape, One-Channel Video, 4:15 minutes, 2010
Abedar Kamgari, Finding words for the feeling (The Walk Home), Two-Channel Video, 30 minutes, 2016
Aislinn Thomas, MOUNTAINS USED TO BE UGLY, Video, 36 minutes 40 seconds, 2018.

Home Made Visible – Whitehorse

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Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories? The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Visit HomeMadeVisible.ca/Tour

Learn more about the artists at homemadevisible.ca/artists

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The SUM and Remains of ’69

Promotional image for The Sum and Remains of '69 artist panel

The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus bill. Exhbition runs from May 14 – August 17.

A naughty, nuanced and nerdy retrospective of queer lives circa 1969 and the partial ‘decrim’ of sodomy. As the powers-that-be celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bill C-150, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, ‘69 positions is here to set the record queer.

Please join us for a panel on May 30, at 6PM: “The SUM and remains of 69” – a salon with co-curator Kaschelle Thiessen, MediaQueer’s Thomas Waugh, video artist Paul Wong, and other Vancouver luminaries.

More information on the SUM gallery website

The Lind Prize Described Tour

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VocalEye is pleased to partner with The Polygon Gallery and Kickstart Disability Arts in offering an accessibility tour, recommended for visitors of all ages with vision loss, hearing impairment, or any other physical or social challenges. Led by an art professional, and accompanied by both a visual description guide and an ASL interpreter, this tour is designed to welcome all audiences to experience visual arts.

The tour will guide visitors through The Lind Prize 2019. This exhibition features 11 emerging artists from British Columbia who specialise in photography, film, or video. One of these artists has been awarded the Lind Prize for 2019, a prize awarded annually to an emerging artist.

To join the tour, meet on the second floor at 10.50am. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission is by donation.

Sighted Guides will be available to meet those with vision loss (age 18 and over) at the Seabus Terminal in North Vancouver, and at the bus stop outside The Polygon Gallery, and will accompany them to and from The Polygon Gallery. To arrange a Sighted Guide meet-up, please contact VocalEye Volunteer Coordinator at least 72 hours in advance of the tour date by emailing buddies@vocaleye.ca.

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Home Made Visible Tour: Scarborough

A photo illustration on a magenta background, with cutouts from vintage photos of a person wearing glasses, a person in a hat and plaid shirt, a hockey team, and a person leaning against a vintage car, all with pale yellow outliness and light blue squiggly lines behind them. "Home Made Visible" is in the centre in white lettering with a dark grey drop shadow.

Location: Discussion Room
Facilitator: Fiona Raye Clarke
Capacity: 15 (Please register in advance)

‘Making Home’ is a two-hour creative writing workshop based on the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method developed by Pat Schneider. It is designed to allow for safe creative expression and to reinforce the unique voice and self-esteem of the writer. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore their stories of home, celebrating what makes them feel at home, and envisioning what home looks like to them, real or imagined. Participants will create a suite of creative writing pieces through a process of timed writing exercises, sharing, giving positive feedback, and art-making using homemade poetry prompt templates, visual art, and collage materials.

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Home Made Visible Tour: Vancouver

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A theatrical screening of all six commissioned films, with a discussion following the program Project organizers Ananya Ohri and Elizabeth Mudenyo, and filmmakers Aeyliya Husain and Maya Bastian. Learn more about the artists at homemadevisible.ca/artists. Presented inn partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

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Program Description
Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories?

The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Visit HomeMadeVisible.ca/Tour

Fault Lines: Leala Hewak and Laura Shintani

Left: Laura Shintani, Bodywashi!, 2019, installation view; Right: Leala Hewak, Clone, 2018, pigment print (detail)

A Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

About the Exhibition
Acceptance of change and change through acceptance—Fault Lines explores processes emblematic of observant insight and growth gained from conditions of challenge and disruption. It approaches disturbance with openness and optimism and challenges the problematic and commonly accepted ideas about disability and aesthetics. Using altered photographs, video, fabricated materials, and immersive installations, artists Leala Hewak and Laura Shintani mindfully embrace ambiguity through spirited works that speak to lived experiences of neurodiversity and embodied difference. Reclaiming trauma and uncertainty, the artists explore ways of constructively reframing notions of recovery, adjustment, and adaptation. Fault Lines honours how these nuanced investigations of brokenness reconcile in relation to the unique formation of identities, experiences, and ways of being.

Fault Lines is presented by two of the leaders in disability and mental health in the arts: Tangled Art + Disability operates Canada’s first disability art gallery, and Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation.

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Curated by Claudette Abrams and Sean Lee.

Image credits:
Left: Laura Shintani, Bodywashi!, 2019, installation view; Right: Leala Hewak, Clone, 2018, pigment print (detail)

MesoAmérica Resiste!

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Presented by the Beehive Design Collective. Come see a mural-sized pen and ink masterpiece that took over nine years to create!

The Beehive Design Collective works as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, shared with us through conversations with affected communities. MesoAmérica Resiste covers resistance to large-scale infrastructure development throughout Southern Mexico and Central America, touching on themes relevant to any community on the front lines of resistance to corporate globalization.

This interactive presentation will feature spoken word rhymes by MC Testament of Test Their Logik.

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Graphic History Collective: Drawn to Strike

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The Graphic History Collective presents two new book published by Between the Lines:

1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike commemorates one of the most important moments in Canadian history.

Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada chronicles the history of the strike as a powerful tool that has and continues to propel progressive changes in our workplaces and society at large.

GHC contributors Robin Folvik and Orion Keresztesi will be in attendance presenting the books and Bookmark will be selling copies on site!

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Outliers on Tour

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Outliers on Tour is bringing the outsiders in. Bridging the peripheries of both Toronto’s borders and the ways in which Disabled artists must operate on the margins. Tangled Art + Disability is disrupting the dominant narratives of who is invited to define the city through a reflection of their Tangled on Tour program. How do our experiences as outliers help us shape new perspectives of an inclusive city future?

As part of the opening reception, there will be a performance by artist Michel Dumont. The opening remarks will be live streamed on Tangled Art + Disability’s facebook page starting at 6:45.

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