Harbour/Haven – thirstDays No. 03
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 APR 28 7.30pm
Curated by Denise Ryner + Tonel
Featuring/works by the aka collective: Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, Sarah Shamash + Osvaldo Ramírez Castillo, Pia Massie, Retazos, Alessandra Santos + Steve DiPaola, Josema Zamorano + Eleanor Hendriks + Manuel Piña-Baldoquíns
At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)
Free admission or stream it live
Consider home, landing, returning, encounters and strandings that can be encompassed in the idea of a coastal haven. This video, poetry and performance program explores notions of shelter, arrival, departure, convergence and contact here on Xwmetskwíyem/xʷməθkʷey̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/sqʷx̌ʷoʔməx, Selíl̓witulh/səíl̓wətaʔł land. The hybrid geography of the harbour, is mirrored in the multiple – Indigenous, settler, immigrant – identities and cultural forces that intersect, align or conflict in this space.
Upcoming programs curated by Irwin Oostindie + Ronnie Dean Harris, David Khang + Phanuel Antwi, Urban Subjects, Ali Lohan + Juan Sepulveda, 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. Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue.
Image: Still from More Home Some by Pia Massie (video, 1991). Image courtesy of artist.
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.
VIVO Media Arts Centre
604 872 8337 ext.3