Harbour/Haven – thirstDays No. 03

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Friday, April 29, 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 Denise Ryner + Tonel
Featuring/works by the aka collective: Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, Sarah Shamash + Osvaldo Ramírez Castillo, Pia Massie, Retazos, Alessandra Santos + Steve DiPaola, Josema Zamorano + Eleanor Hendriks + Manuel Piña-Baldoquíns

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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Consider home, landing, returning, encounters and strandings that can be encompassed in the idea of a coastal haven. This video, poetry and performance program explores notions of shelter, arrival, departure, convergence and contact here on Xwmetskwíyem/xʷməθkʷey̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/sqʷx̌ʷoʔməx, Selíl̓witulh/səíl̓wətaʔł land. The hybrid geography of the harbour, is mirrored in the multiple – Indigenous, settler, immigrant – identities and cultural forces that intersect, align or conflict in this space.
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Upcoming programs curated by 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, Henry Tsang + Diyan Achjadi, Elisa Ferrari + Stacey Ho. Past programs curated by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss + Aaron Rice, Ashok Mathur + Jeneen Frei Njootli.  Writer in residence: Tarah Hogue.

Image: Still from More Home Some by Pia Massie (video, 1991). Image courtesy of artist.

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Denise Ryner is director/curator at Or Gallery, Vancouver, and is a research fellow at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Her curatorial, research and writing interests include place-as-agent in exhibition-making and the cultural production of transnational counterflows of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel) (b. Havana, 1958) Tonel is an independent artist, art critic and curator. He graduated in Art History from the University of Havana in 1982. He taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA, in 2001, and was a visiting artist/lecturer at the Center for Latin American Studies and at the Department of Art and Art History in Stanford University, California, USA, from 2001 to 2003. His articles and essays on Cuban and Latin American contemporary art have been published regularly in catalogues, magazines and books in Cuba and abroad. His works have been collected by the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; the Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; the Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; the Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA; the Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, Arizona, USA; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, among other institutions. Tonel is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities (1997-98) with residency at The University of Texas, Austin, and a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for painting and installation art (1995). He was awarded the prize for art criticism by the Cuban Section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA) in 1988. In 2003 he received the Cuban Artists Fund Award (Cuban Artists Fund, New York, USA). He is currently based in Vancouver, Canada, where he focuses in his own practice as a visual artist and writer, and teaches drawing and painting at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

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.