Burrard Marina Field House Residency
July 1 – 26, 2018
Working across film, sculpture, performance, installation, drawing and photography, Deanna Bowen mines traumatic episodes, neglected archives and invisible histories rooted in genealogical and historical research to create works of great political potency. This summer Bowen joins us in residence to begin the next phase of development in the multi-year research project On Trial The Long Doorway, which revisits a 1956 CBC live-to-broadcast production that featured her great uncle Herman Risby in a supporting role. Bowen is interested in the screenplay as a rare dramatic work that deals with Black/white race relations in Canada. While in residence, Bowen’s investigation will expand to consider the history of an oft-forgotten Black Vancouver-based Jazz singer and variety show host, Eleanor Collins. She will collaborate on a new video project drawn from this research with artist and choreographer Justine A. Chambers and dance historian Seika Boye. Commissioned and produced through a partnership between the Contemporary Art Gallery and Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, the culmination of this project will be presented in a solo exhibition at CAG in spring 2019.