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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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.