Against Rapture; Or, Rupturing POC relations – thirstDays No.05

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 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 David Khang + Phanuel Antwi
Featuring dance works by ILL NANA / DiverseCity Dance Company
Film by Helen Lee & Video by Ho Tam

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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Through live dance, film and video we consider the acts and states of rupture and rapture. Questioning the obstacles in the ways which people of colour (POC) come to love, understand, and enjoy our differences – in peace and conflict, this program is committed to challenging the patterns and tropes that organize or deny narrative templates for POC relations in this city. Colour-blind discourses of love and compassion are invested in myopic ways of imagining relations, ways that deprive us of more inclusive visions of relations, and as a result, ignore power relations that make up processes and privileges of white normalcy. We aim to capture the possibilities for love rupturing beyond the limits of containment, challenging our audience not to pull away – from the touch, from experiencing rupture, and possibly even rapture.
~ Phanuel Antwi + David Khang

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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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David Khang is an artist and art educator, whose favourite hobby might be dentistry. He has been performing as a dentist for 25 years, artist for 15, and art educator for 10. His visual, performance, and biological art practices include public recitations of political speeches at site-specific locations, being tied to butterflies and horses, and conducting scientific experiments with stem cells to produce micro-drawings and sculptures.

In 2016, he will retire from teaching art, and perhaps from art practice also. His next academic venture will be as a JD candidate at the UBC Faculty of Law, starting in September 2016.


Phanuel Antwi is a son, a lucky brother of two handsome, loving sisters, Agnes and Clara, a blessed uncle to a beautiful boy, Ezekiel, and niece, Chelsea. In addition, he works with dance, is a poet, activist, aesthete as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of British Columbia. He has been politically active in organizing around a range of issues, including anti-immigration laws and practices, anti-racism and anti-capitalism, sex workers’ rights, labour rights within the university sphere and leadership opportunities for marginalized youth.


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.