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
ReMatriation and other ruminations
THURSDAY MAR 31 7.30pm
Curated by Ashok Mathur + Jeneen Frei Njootli
Featuring/works by Douglas Gough, Mayu Kanamori, Amy Malbeuf, Skeena Reece, Sandra Semchuk, Olivia Whetung + Cease Wyss
At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)
Free admission or stream it live
Video, poetry and performance embracing and expanding upon ReMatriate’s mandate of reclamation, dismantling of negative stereotypes, and responsible representations of body, land, history and memory. Our work speaks experiences affecting home/visited lands and the strands of connectivity across territories. Pointing towards a decolonial aesthetic and a means of survival for all creatures, our cultures, languages, and lands we go beyond (Gerald Vizenor’s) ‘survivance’, moving into the terrain of (Jaimie Isaac’s) ‘thrivance’, addressing the potential of art and Indigeneity while weaving a thread through variations of artistic intervention.
Upcoming programs curated by Denise Ryner + Tonel, Irwin Oostindie + Ronnie Dean Harris, David Khang + Phanuel Antwi, Urban Subjects, Ali Lohan + Juan Sepulveda, Raymond Boisjoly + Jordan Wilson, Ayumi Goto + Tannis Monkman Nielsen, Dima Alansari + Cathy Busby, Sobhi Zobaidi + Dima Yassine, Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho. First program curated by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss + Aaron Rice. Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue.
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. https://twitter.com/JayceSalloum
Ashok Mathur is a South Asian (Indo-Canadian) cultural organizer, writer and visual artist, and currently dean of graduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Prior to this he was the head of Creative Studies and a professor in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. As a Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry, he also directed the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC)
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and a co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective, currently based on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. An alumna of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she has worked as a Performance Artist, Fashion Designer, Workshop Facilitator, Filmmaker, Sound Designer, Research Assistant, Research Scholar, Woodshop Work Study, Elder Homecare Worker, Visual Arts Studio Work Study, and as a Curatorial Coordinator.
Frei Njootli obtained her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2012, and received the William & Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Canadian Artist from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2016. In 2017, she received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Currently Frei Njootli is working on a research project centered on performance and the land.