'Yi'yuùzua :::: notes after the flood

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Friday, June 9, 2023
Friday, June 30, 2023

Opening: June 9, 7pm
2625 Kaslo Street

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VIVO Media Arts Centre is delighted to announce ‘Yi‘yuùzua :::: notes after the flood, a new multimedia exhibition by Bracken Hanuse Corlett.

Please join us for the opening on June 9 at 7pm for an audio-visual performance by Bracken and his cousin Dean Hunt, who share the stage under the name See Monsters.

Imagine the Planet. Wuwisdi. Only an ocean.
After the calamity. After the flood.
Take Notes.
Sideways into the river. Press Record.
A big push. And then a constant pull.
Running to the highest ground. To be tied down.
Our notes are scattered across the sky.
Visiting with the stars.

Up and down the pacific northwest coast there are stories shared of the great flood. They speak about the rising waters, the urgency to escape to higher ground and coming down to start over again after the water recedes. In my home community, Wuikinuxv, it is said the People who survived the flood climbed the mountain known as Kvauma (seat of the eagle) to escape the push of the ocean water. In making a lot of the work for this show I was thinking about the art we make and the work we do after loss...after a series of losses. What happens when catastrophe and heartbreak are normalized in our bones? Where do we place focus? Do we look at what has been taken, or to what remains and can be reclaimed? There is a push and a pull. I've been told that it is our job as artists to record the time and space we live in. I was given the responsibility to be our family's researcher/knowledge keeper by my Uncle Dennis Hanuse. It's something I've grappled with, as I've always felt a little scattered when it comes to note-taking, remembering and recalling. Making visual art and moving images has been a way for me to gather my notes into something semi-cohesive to my eye. It is a record of what I have learned along the way. To draw an ovoid over and over. To try to get it right. To make the mental notes when something important is said. To try to get it right. ’Yi’yuùzua :::: notes after the flood is a multimedia exhibition of work made recently and over the past few years. With VIVO being a media arts space, I centre the animation and live-visual work I have been making, but I also conjoin my practice with paint and objects. To let them float in space together. To take copious, scattered notes. - BHC

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Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He works in painting, sculpture, audio-visual performance, digital art/design, animation and narrative. He graduated from the En'owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He also trained at the Hunt Studio with renowned Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn and Dean. A recent winner of the 2022 Portfolio Prize and the 2022 Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts, he maintains a studio and collaborative practice working with ancestral forms and new media. He has exhibited, screened and/or performed locally and internationally with some notable work at VIFF, Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, TIFF, and the Institute of Modern Art.


The See Monsters are Dean Hunt (DJ/Production) & Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Live-Visuals). They have been performing across Turtle Island since 2011, initially as members of Skookum Sound System and now as an audio-visual duo. Their performances are a fusion of Northwest Coast bass, remix, moving light and images. They are known to transform the spaces they work in, moving fluidly from art gallery, to community space, to dance floor.

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