Cultural Resurgence […] – thirstDays No. 04

Cultural Resurgence […] – thirstDays No. 04

love, intimacy and (com)passion, in a geopolitical context
A monthly series of video, film, performance and ceremony events
Project curator/artist-in-residence Jayce Salloum

Cultural Resurgence: From This Point in Time and Space 

THURSDAY MAY 26 7.30pm
Curated by Irwin Oostindie + Ronnie Dean Harris
Featuring/works by Jean Barman, Kattie Collidge, Chief Dan George + Leonard George, Hope (Status Crew), Ronnie Dean Harris, Diana Leung +  Kamala Todd,  Irwin Oostindie, DJ Guilty Pleasures, Alejandro Yoshizawa

At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)
Free admission or stream it live

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Video documentation
Photo documentation

All-our-fathers-relations copyWhat does it mean to be on Coast Salish Territory within the parameters of a gated community on unceded land? Coast Salish culture has long been seen as indistinguishable from other Indigenous cultures. This misconception with its power of neglect and erasure has long been an effect of the legacy and ignorance of Eurocentrism. Through sound, media, and performance works drawing from pre-contact, colonization, and a current thriving contemporary life, we seek to reverse and subvert these trends while creating a welcoming, remixed and celebratory forum that highlights the resilience and resurgence existing in cultural production by and for Coast Salish people.

~ Irwin Oostindie + Ronnie Dean Harris

Image: Still from All Our Father’s Relations by Alejandro Yoshizawa


Upcoming programs curated by David Khang + Phanuel Antwi, Urban Subjects, Ali Lohan + tba, Raymond Boisjoly + Jordan Wilson, Ayumi Goto + Tannis Monkman Nielsen, Dima Alansari + Cathy Busby, Henry Tsang + Diyan Achjadi, Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho. Past programs curated by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss + Aaron Rice, Ashok Mathur + Jeneen Frei Njootli, Denise Ryner + Tonel.  Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue

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thirstDays is a project conceived as the rain falls and covers us in a slick substance transduced from the skies, moist. How can this, how can we, contribute to the establishing of a momentum that may have once been here in waves or pieces but over time was squandered, and defeated, with the imposition of capital triumphantly declaring its colonial (un)consciousness in our enclave by the water. Surrounded by a possible serene beauty, grief and sadness, love and hate, what encounters do we inscribe into our psyches and into our beings, what can art do to fulfil a mandate of hope and agency. What can we contribute.

The project takes inspiration from the patterns of existence to look at the mechanisms which we are part of, and relate them to all we end up being, sharing, denying, repressing and preserving. We seek that which compels us: love, intimacy and (com)passion, explorations of the commons/(un)commons; empathy and subjectivities; nourishing sites and situations; modes of agency; and subjectivities of place.
We insist on diversity and threads of collaboration, strands of ‘collectivity’/affinity, emphasizing works that have a specificity of location with resonances/meanings for others within reach and beyond. There is a socio-psycho imperative here at this site – Vancouver – grounded in what is missing and manoeuvering the gaps while referencing the historic in the present(ness) – and of the moment – with the critical reimagining of the repressed and the projection of empathy and action. – Jayce Salloum

Jayce Salloum, a grandson of Syrian immigrants from the Bekaa Valley (Lebanon) was born and raised on Sylix (Okanagan) territory in Kelowna, BC. His work has been exhibited in a wide array of venues, from the smallest unnamed storefronts in his dtes (downtown eastside) Vancouver neighbourhood to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Irwin Oostindie is a Dutch settler artist and curator who has led local and international media and culture projects for three decades. A prolific independent curator, festival producer, and staff programmer he has worked in the grassroots, as well as with municipal and First Nation governments. As a settler cultural worker, he advocates for genuine reconciliation and redress, promoting cultural policy to stop the erasure of Coast Salish culture in Vancouver, and is co-editing an anthology of archeology and culture. He is enrolled at SFU in graduate studies, and has conducted research in innercity cultural and economic development and cultural heritage of Whey-ah-Wichen.

Ronnie Dean Harris (AKA Ostwelve) is Kwikwetlem, Sto:lo, and St’át’imc with two decades experience travelling the world as a hiphop artist, film and TV actor, and cultural leader. He brings a cutting edge knowledge of popular culture, issues, and multimedia strategies of responding. He is active with writing for TV, composing and performing music, acting and storytelling.  As a musician under the name Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, Asbtract Rude and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Ron has also performed with the red diva projects ensemble project “The Road Forward” and performed at various PuSh Festivals.