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.

Venue Accessibility Info 

Event Schedule

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

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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