Krista Belle Stewart in Conversation with Dory Nason
Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Thursday, January 29, 7pm
Vancouver-based artist Krista Belle Stewart presents a screening of new video works created during her recent production residencies at the Western Front and the Contemporary Art Gallery, in partnership with the Nisga’a Museum. Her new works investigate the storytelling practices of First Nations women in Douglas Lake and Nisga’a Lisims. Dory Nason, UBC First Nations Assistant Professor will respond to Stewart’s new works. Nason’s areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women’s Activist Literature. She was also a featured contributor to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.
Krista Belle Stewart is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan Nation, living and working in Vancouver and Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include Fiction/Non-fiction at The Esker Foundation, Calgary (2013) and Music from the New Wilderness, Western Front, Vancouver (2014). At Western Front, Stewart produced a collaborative multimedia performance working with, circa 1918, wax-cylinder recordings by anthropologist James Alexander Teit of her great-grandmother, Terese Kaimetko. A string quartet responded live to Stewart’s loops of these traditional Okanagan songs presented alongside visual projections. Most recently, Stewart was commissioned by the City of Vancouver as part of the “Year of Reconciliation,” Public Art Project at the entrance to the Canada Line City Centre Station at Granville and Georgia where Stewart’s Her Story (2014), a public photo mural and video installation, utilized footage of a 1967 CBC documentary entitled Seraphine: Her Own Story, a scripted interpretation of her mother’s journey from residential school to becoming BC’s first Aboriginal public health nurse. This work was also exhibited in Where Does it Hurt? at Artspeak (2014). Stewart juxtaposes the 1967 film, in which her mother plays herself, alongside a video of her mother’s 2013 Truth and Reconciliation Commission interview, generating a conversation between depiction and lived experience.
This project is made possible with the generous support of the Western Front Media Arts Residency, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Nisga’a Nation through the Nisga’a Lisims Government.MORE
Downtown Gallery Tours
Saturday, January 31, 1–3pm
Join us for an afternoon of guided tours at Audain Gallery, SFU; Satellite Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery. Meet us at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Geometry of Knowing Part 2 led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk; 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 led by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner, and 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Grace Schwindt and Krista Belle Stewart led by CAG Director, Nigel Prince and CAG Curator, Learning and Public Programs, Shaun Dacey.MORE
Sunday, February 1, 2pm
Zora McMillan is an assistant curator at the Nisga’a Museum. She will discuss her ongoing project of connecting repatriated Nisga’a objects with the community’s oral histories.
This series invites cultural and critical producers to present thoughts and ideas rooted in their own interests and practices, and invites audiences to join in the conversations that will explore relevant contemporary issues, theories, ideas and culture.MORE
SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons
In the spirit of social gatherings that provide forums for discussion, SFU Philosophers’ Café will run two art salons in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. Each café will start with a guided tour of current exhibitions with Director Nigel Prince, followed by a discussion with Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs and special guests.
Salon on the exhibition Medium-based Time by Jeremy Shaw
Saturday, April 11, 3pm
Thank you to all who attended the CAG’s 26th Annual Gala and Art Auction on Saturday November 8.
The event was a huge success and a very fun night!
We would like to especially thank our dedicated volunteers who helped to make the night the success it was!
In case you missed it…go to www.cagauction.com to view all the works that were auctioned and which are now part of new collections.
Thank you to all for your support!