ReMatriation and other ruminations – thirstDays No. 02
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
ReMatriation and other ruminations
THURSDAY MAR 31 7.30pm
Curated by Ashok Mathur + Jeneen Frei Njootli
Featuring/works by Douglas Gough, Mayu Kanamori, Amy Malbeuf, Skeena Reece, Sandra Semchuk, Olivia Whetung + Cease Wyss
At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)
Free admission or stream it live
Video, poetry and performance embracing and expanding upon ReMatriate’s mandate of reclamation, dismantling of negative stereotypes, and responsible representations of body, land, history and memory. Our work speaks experiences affecting home/visited lands and the strands of connectivity across territories. Pointing towards a decolonial aesthetic and a means of survival for all creatures, our cultures, languages, and lands we go beyond (Gerald Vizenor’s) ‘survivance’, moving into the terrain of (Jaimie Isaac’s) ‘thrivance’, addressing the potential of art and Indigeneity while weaving a thread through variations of artistic intervention.
Upcoming programs curated by Denise Ryner + Tonel, 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, Sobhi Zobaidi + Dima Yassine, Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho. First program curated by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss + Aaron Rice. Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue.
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