Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda | Operation Yellow Helmet Perk
One of the benefits of being an artist-run centre is having talented artists on our Board. They bring enthusiasm for VIVO’s mission, a dedication to making us more successful, and an artist’s perspective to guide our plans and policies.
Gabriela has been on VIVO’s Board since March 2014 and has been active on our Development, Archive, and Business Plan Committees and has worked on policy development.
Thank you Gabriela for your commitment to VIVO and for making a difference in Vancouver’s cultural community.
Artist Bio | Gabriela is an interdisciplinary media artist and cultural historian with a research focus on Latin American feminist media arts. Working at the intersections of video and performance, she uses video and multimedia installations to explore the social, political, and cultural structures that shape our sense of self. She is assistant professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, and a member of the Vancouver-based AKA collective. Gabriela won the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 John Bullen Prize honouring the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident ( “Mujeres Que Se Visualizan”: (En)Gendering Archives and Regimes of Media and Visuality in post-1968 Mexico).
Current projects | Gabriela is currently working on two projects for Jayce Saloum’s thirstDays #3 at VIVO on April 28th, and curated by Tonel and Denise Rayner. The first is a video portrait of all the members of the AKA collective in collaboration with Sarah Shamash and Osvaldo Ramirez. The other is re-enactment of a performance by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark in collaboration with Alessandra Santos, Steve Di Paola and Sarah Shamash. Her video, Escribiendome, will also be shown that evening.
Gabriela has donated prints of her piece, Escribiendome, as a perk in our Operation Yellow Helmet Campaign. Help build a better VIVO through your donation.Purchase Escribiendome
Size: 13″ x 19″
Medium: Unframed digital print on photographic paper
Framing Required Perk: 10
Board Bundle Perk: 3
Class Warfare Perk: Up to 5
Framing Required Perk: $125
Board Bundle Perk: $300 (also includes works by Matilda Aslizadeh and Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte.
Class Warfare Perk: $150 (a diverse collection of perks)
Escribiendome explores the ways in which words and languages shape our sense of self and how, in turn, through our life experiences we blur, transgress and shape the meanings of the words that are used to define and categorize us. It consists of two video channels played in one split screen. In one video you see my hand writing words in English such as friend, artist, designer, student, Mexican, Canadian, migrant, landed immigrant, Latin, woman, minority, citizen, spouse, alien, mother, (…). In the other video you see my hand writing words in Spanish such as hija (daughter), sobrina (niece), nieta (granddaughter), prima (cousin), mujer (woman), comadre, amiga (friend), tapatía, (…). Through the repeated action of writing at some point in the video the words become illegible.