An Evening with Pia Massie

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020


Video Out is pleased to present two works by Pia Massie, More Home Some (1991, 26min) and Just Beyond Hope (2012, 65min), followed by a live conversation with the multi-media artist, environmental activist, and teacher.

More Home Some asked people from all over the world what the word ‘home’ meant to them, in an effort to deconstruct the confines of nationality, culture, and gender. Shot on Super8 while traveling the globe, More Home Some is a multi-voiced poem to invoke our sense of belonging and interdependence. This moving video-poem is followed by Massie's experimental documentary, Just Beyond Hope, a multi-screen deep dive in to the personal and political stories of Japanese American and Japanese Canadian women during WW2. Massie is sansei but knew little of this history and how it ricochets down generationally when left unshared. Using Dorothea Lange’s extraordinary stills shot in the lead up to a generation of citizens being rounded up and held in camps, Just Beyond Hope mirrors current events in a horrifying warning and plea for justice.

Following the program, Video Out and Pia will talk about the issues and themes in her works, life and art making during the pandemic, and whatever else that arises. Questions from the audience are welcome, post them in the Discussion on our FB event page, or email:

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Image courtesy of the artist.

This online event is VIVO's first screening since the pandemic, and takes place on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

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Pia Massie is a multi-media artist, environmental activist, and teacher. She is currently an artist in residence with the AIRS program of the Vancouver School Board, working with elementary age kids in nature. Her recent large-scale photo work, Mattering Map Redux, was exhibited at Monica Reyes Gallery in 2019. Massie’s films and art have been exhibited in museums, festivals, and galleries throughout North America and Europe, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; and the grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC. Massie is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Independent Filmmakers award (LA), Prix St. Gervais (Geneva), and Prix de l’Institut de Design de Montréal. Her writing has appeared in DAMP: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art, Foret-Frontiere : Une Action Art / Nature, The Bulletin, Adbusters and Ricepaper magazines. She is deeply grateful to work and live in the Pacific Northwest unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Listen to Pia on episode 2 of Big Bright Dark Podcast here.

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