Hands Across the Sky ايادي عبر السماء

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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016

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

Curated by Dima Alansari + Cathy Busby
Featuring/works by
Dima Alansari, Cathy Busby, Dima Mikhayel Matta, Eric Sanderson, Charlene Vickers

Let us take you on a journey that starts in Vancouver and lands in Lebanon. With Hands Across the Sky ايادي عبر السماء, we raise our hands, reaching out in celebration, in urgency and in gratitude. Performance, sound, film, and poetry will be our means as we delve into expressions of trauma, particularly for women and girls, and how we carry on, remembering and healing our embodied selves. There will be time for conversation and we’ll serve Palestinian food.
We extend a warm welcome to all.
~ Dima Alansari + Cathy Busby

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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.

About the 
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Dima Alansari is an actor, theatre and filmmaker originally from Al Quds, Palestine. Dima was born in Beirut, Lebanon where she is currently acting in a 4 month long performance of Kafas (Cage) a story of 5 women written by Joumanna Haddad and directed by Lina Abyad. Dima has also produced and co- created and performed in her first theatre play in Canada Return Home which premiered in Toronto & Kitchener for SummerWorks Theatre Festival and IMPACT 2015 and she will be co-performing This is Not A Conversation, a play about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict with co- writers and co-producers Itai Erdal and Ker Wells at the Spark Festival February 2017 in Victoria, Vancouver Island. Whilst in Canada for the past 6 years, Dima has produced and directed several documentaries and short videos about various cultures and peoples that share space and place in Vancouver; working with various community centres, Aboriginal incubators and think tanks as well as Immigrant community facilitators.


Cathy Busby grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and as a teenager, moved to the Yukon to be part of an alternative school and community. She gravitated to social justice movements and was able to develop her critical and creative skills and perspectives at art school graduating from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1984. She completed an MA in Media Studies, a PhD in Communication (Concordia University, Montreal, 1992; 1999) and was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University (1995-96). She is currently teaching in Visual Art at UBC and lives in Vancouver. Her art process expands the traditional visual arts presentation context to include other cultural and civic possibilities: a former pickle factory / artist centre in Beijing (2007; 2008), the Laneway Commissions in Melbourne, Australia (2009), the Institute of Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (2012). Her works are a number of collections including National Gallery of Canada.


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.