Streaming Event: Film and Motherhood

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021

Film and Motherhood: Film Series

Streaming Oct 8-22
An Access Gallery program hosted by VIVO Media Arts Centre

Please join the Art/mamas as we celebrate the Film and Motherhood program screen which is out now at Access Gallery + on VIVO Media Arts Centre's website:

The film and motherhood curatorial project is comprised of four programs: Experimental Shorts (online), Intimate Portraits (online), a Feature Length film (online), and Gallery Screening (in person). Curated by Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda, Sarah Shamash, and prOphecy Sun, the films all speak to the complex relationships to, engendered by, and toward motherhood. As we adapted our program to the conditions of the evolving pandemic, these works are selected from our local context on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver and from international artist-filmmaker-mothers. As practicing media artists and mothers, we considered the roles and challenges of motherhood as explored through the diverse and culturally specific perspectives in the film and video programs presented. The diverse selection of films and videos on varied interpretations of “motherhood,” taken as a whole, self-reflect on the condition of being an artist/filmmaker today.

Conversation 3: film and motherhood
Online Event Oct 6, 12pm-1:30pm

The Film and Motherhood program is accompanied by a dialogue with filmmakers: Jules Koostachin, Nadine Valcin, Preta Performance, Clare Yow, Ghinwa Yassine, and Maternal Fantasies. This dialogue will be happening live on October 16th 2021.

Please register for this free event at:

In this conversation, the complex and various relationships of, engendered by, and toward motherhood will be explored through documentary film and experimental video works selected from local and international artist-filmmaker-mothers. We will consider the roles and challenges of motherhood as explored through the diverse and culturally specific perspectives in our curated film program and as these perspectives intersect with being an artist/filmmaker today. A parallel screening of film and video works will be available for audiences to view in advance of our dialogue with artist-mother-filmmakers.

Dialogue Participants:
Jules Koostachin
Nadine Valcin
Clare Yow
Preta Performance
Ghinwa Yassine
Maternal Fantasies

Participating Artists/ Filmmakers for the "Film and Motherhood" program curated by Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda, Sarah Shamash and prOphecy sun

Feature-Length Film (online):
Sylvia Morales

Intimate Portraits program (online):
Lindsay McIntyre
Jules Koostachin
Anne-Marie Bouchard
Michele Kaiwá
Francisca Duran
Nathalie Lopez
Torill Kove

Experimental Shorts program (online):
Safira Moreira
Clare Yow
Ghinwa Yassine
Preta Performance
Erin Siddall
Navarana Igliorte
Lois Klassen
Nadine Valcin
Maternal Fantasies
Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda
Kathleen Hepburn

Exhibiting Artists for the onsite screening at Access Gallery:
Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty
Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda, Freya Zinovieff, prOphecy sun
Sarah Shamash
prOphecy sun
Freya Zinovieff
Performed by Sai Di, Jelena Markovic, Guadalupe Martinez, and Dalia Shalabi, Narration by Guadalupe
Anna Zoria

About Art /Mamas’ PLOT Residency at Access Gallery

During Art Mamas’ PLOT residency, we will be conceiving of PLOT as a fertile place to scheme and gather as we create inclusive opportunities to share experiences, intergenerational knowledge, skills, ideas, and to support artistic experimentation by bringing together diverse and disparate communities of creative, working, self-identified mothers and caregivers. As such, we imagine PLOT as a laboratory facilitated by our members and look outward to include other creative producers who are mothers/parents from the local community and beyond.

We have structured our residency around four community conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by members of the collective and include invited speakers and participants. All sessions will be conducted virtually on Zoom in accordance with COVID-19 provincial health and safety protocols in BC. They will be open to the public and all self-identified mothers, including 2SLGBTQQIA community members, are invited to participate. Advance registration is required. The community conversations are:

Sat 18 Sep 2021 12–1:30 PM

Thu 30 Sep 2021 7:30–9 PM

Sat 02 Oct 2021 12–1:30 PM

Sat 16 Oct 2021 12–1:30 PM

Sat 30 Oct 2021 12–1:30 PM

We acknowledge the generous support of Access Gallery, the Canada Council for the Arts, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) for making this project possible.

More info can be found at:

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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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