A 1989 photograph of seven women of colour, First Nations and Black women, all participants in the In Visible Colours Festival. They are sitting on a long restaurant bench in front of round tables with white tableclothes. There are framed nature prints on the green wall behind them.

In Visible Colours Remediated 2022

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Friday, September 23, 2022
Saturday, September 24, 2022

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This event is in person at VIVO Media Arts Centre and streaming online.

Please register for online participation. LIMITED IN PERSON SEATS AVAILABLE.

Originally held in Vancouver from November 15th-19th, 1989, the ground-breaking event, In Visible Colours: An International Women of Colour and Third World Women Film/Video Festival and Symposium was co-founded by Zainub Verjee and Lorraine Chan in partnership with Women in Focus and National Film Board. With over 100 films and videos from 28 countries, In Visible Colours emerged amid socio-political upheaval of the late 1970s and 1980s that foregrounded race and gender and the politics of cultural difference.

Thirty years later, we bring together some of the original participants of IVC, alongside students, researchers, curators and contemporary producers. The event — organized in collaboration with VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Archive/Counter Archive project, and the Vulnerable Media Lab (Queen's University) — is planned as an inter-generational, multi-sited gathering.

Keynote Speaker: Zainub Verjee.

Participants: Amber Berson, Jade Courchesne, Ann Marie Fleming, Sofia Jamal, Yasmin Jiwani, Karen Knights, Karin Lee, Midi Onodera, Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, Viola Thomas, Loretta Todd, Ana Valine.

Screenings: With films and video screened at the original programs. by Ann Marie Fleming, Carol Geddes, Sylvia Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Midi Onodera, Claire Prieto, Pratibha Parmar, Lotty Rosenfeld. Media will be projected in house and made available online at the sites linked below.

Sept 23: Taking Care of our History (Descriptions only)
Sept 24: Embedding History and Remembering Trauma

Audio Installation: Select audio from the original conference panels will be available on-site at VIVO. Courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives.

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Please note that Viola Thomas will be joining Panel 1 on September 24th.

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