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thirstDays no.12

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

THURSDAY JANUARY 26 7.30pm
Curated by Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho
Featuring/works by Lee Ann Brown, Lindsay Dobbin, Katherine Kline, Britt Kramvig, Sonnet L’Abbé, Guadalupe Martinez, Margrethe Pettersen, Jayce Salloum, Kristin Tårnes, Hildegard Westerkamp, T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss, Alize Zorlutuna

This program began as a consideration of affinities outside of the human realm, between plants and animals, objects and machines. However, this initial concept soon took on the shape of our conversations and shared interests—subjects such as walking, wandering, and listening. Writing on Margrethe Pettersen’s work, Britt Kramvig challenges the division of entities into nature and culture, rooting our need for holistic environmental awareness in Sami ontology. She writes “our ears have become dull to the sounds of the land speaking through our feet, it is now incumbent upon us to remember.” This has resonance not only in practices of deep listening but also in performance art practices that are invested in healing the fraught relationship between the land and the body.
~ Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho

Stream it LIVE at:
thirstDays.vivomediaarts.com

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STACEY HO is an artist, writer, and curator living on unceded Coast Salish territories. Her practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodied experience from a feminist perspective. With a background in photography and performance art, her art often incorporates language, sound, gesture, and everyday objects. She has recently presented her work at Art Metropole (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), and RAM Galleri (Oslo). She will be part of Dar’a, a group exhibition about circles curated by Jamelie Hassan at Artcite (Windsor), in March 2017 and is presently working on a novel about plants and robots.

ELISA FERRARI is an artist and curator living on unceded Coast Salish territories. Her practice aims to uncover disparities between historical documentation and experience, and frequently asks how everyday activities become articulated tactics that might enable critiques of institutional power. She works with archival fragments of text, image, and videography to consider the act and implications of retrieval, in projects that manifest through installation, performance, sound, and photography. Since 2013 she has served as Events and Exhibitions Coordinator/Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre and as member of the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive Committee.

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. Salloum is a recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.