John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography

Meet Michelle Martin, Program Intern

Michelle Martin in the CAG bookshop

Hello! My name is Michelle Martin and I’m delighted to be doing a practicum with the Contemporary Art Gallery.  I’m currently in the first year of the Master’s in Comparative Media Arts at SFU and I’m thrilled and excited to be working with Assistant Curators Jas Lally, Holly Schmidt, and the rest of the wonderful CAG team.

I come to the CAG with a varied and somewhat curious background. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, I graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages and also attended the Italian School at Middlebury College in Vermont.  In addition to languages, I’ve studied textile science, craft and design, and film production. My ever-expanding research interests include cinema and slowness, archival media, celluloid film processes and hybrid documentary-fiction forms. I’m sure the research I’ll be undertaking here will only add to this list!

In my first week here, I had a little peek at the behind-the-scenes activity for Haroon Mirza‘s exhibition Entheogens which made me really excited to assist with the curatorial research for Erdem Taşdelen‘s projects and the lens-based group exhibition Song of the Open Road as part of Capture Photography Festival 2017. I’m also really pleased to work with Holly Schmidt on developing public programming for current and upcoming exhibitions to help inspire the next generation of artists and art-enthusiasts.

I was also very excited to complete a live radio tour in French of the exhibition Entheogens with CBC radio Canada host Jacque Dufresne for the show Boulevard du Pacifique, you can listen to our conversation here.

I am constantly impressed at the exhibitions and diverse programming that the CAG offers which thoughtfully and compellingly combines local and international impulses, ideas and artists. I am very happy to contribute to bringing new and exciting works and programs to Vancouver.