ReMatriation and other ruminations – thirstDays No. 02

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 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

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

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Video documentation
Photo documentation

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.

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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.

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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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.


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.