January 23, 2019 - February 2, 2019
Hosted by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC, Canada
January 23 – February 2
12 – 8 PM
“Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?” That’s number 307 of 1,000 questions that Selina Thompson has composed and put on cards; in this installation, visitors will enter the site and read as many of them as they wish. They are instructed to answer one card and copy one to take away with them.
As an art concept, Race Cards is ingenious in its simplicity; as an exercise, it’s powerfully generative; as political discourse, it’s at once direct and open-ended, confrontational and generous, demanding and liberating. Thompson gives us the freedom to choose and the obligation to think—two of the defining elements of any decent society. In this work, we are asked to face our own beliefs, our own hopes, our own prejudices—all in an atmosphere of calm and contemplation. This work is, quite literally, thought-provoking; it’s also deeply moving.
Visual installation. Free. Accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing visitors. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Wheelchair accessible washrooms. Elevator. Ramps. Accessible parking nearby. More accessibility information is available on the PusH Festival website.