‘this park of great care’ – thirstDays No. 07 | off-site
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 AUGUST 18 4pm
Curated by Ali Lohan + Cecily Nicholson
Alfie Harry, Audrey Siegl, Ayumi Goto, Bud Osborn, Juan Manuel Sepulveda + film participants, Natalie Knight, The Oppenheimer Park Ladies’ Tea Party with Eunice Macmillan + Cassandra Eastman, Sarah Godoy-White
At: Oppenheimer Park
488 Powell St, Downtown Eastside
Our poetic love of the city links us necessarily to Oppenheimer Park. In “this park of great care” (1) we consider spatial scales for struggle of a neighbourhood through to and beyond the nation state. Dispossession, mass assembly, internment, harm reduction, institutionalization, displacement, sovereign presence are present threads in the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District. Heart of the low-income community for a reason, it is the only neighbourhood in Vancouver ostensibly protected against real estate development by city policy. This program reveals longstanding relationships of care and honours the many, women especially, who have entwined arts and social organizing at the park.
~ Ali Lohan and Cecily Nicholson
(1) a thousand crosses in oppenheimer park, Bud Osborn, 1997
ALI LOHAN has been involved in the production of community engaged art and cultural initiatives, including art forums, workshops, curatorial projects and exhibitions in the neighbourhood where she lives, the Downtown Eastside, since 2001. Ali’s practice celebrates resilience. It is involved in and informed by narratives of historically displaced communities.
Cecily Nicholson is a Vancouver and Surrey-based organizer. She has worked with women of the downtown eastside community of Vancouver for the past decade and is currently the Coordinator of Funds with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Cecily has collaborated most recently as a member of the VIVO Media Arts collective, Press Release poetry collective and No One is Illegal, Vancouver collective. Triage, a book of poetry, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2011.
Jayce Salloum is a Vancouver-based photographer and video artist known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States and began his artistic career in 1975. The central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and notions of identity. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. https://twitter.com/JayceSalloum