- January 7, 2003
LaDragu, edited by Paul Couillard, is the first in FADO's Canadian Performance Art Legends Series and looks at the life and works of Vancouver's Margaret Dragu. With essays by Couillard, Glenn Alteen, Andy Fabo, Debbie O'Rourke, and Sarah Sheard, a chronology by Brice Canyon, a 16 page photo insert, and a DVD featuring two videos of recent performances by the artist, it is an intelligent and exciting publication.
By Margaret Dragu
Category | 7 ProgramsBook Launch
- April 25, 2002
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By Bea Medicine
Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining “Native”
- June 21, 2018
The Making of an Archive (2014–ongoing) is a project initiated by Canadian artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn. The project composed of digitizing workshops, which aims to record the everyday life and civic engagements by immigrants and amateur photographers. The photographs are digitized and their accompanying narratives are recorded, thereby preserving records of personal histories in order to address the absent representation of multiculturalism in official archives. Focusing on digitizing printed matter, e.g. 35mm or 120mm photographs, slides or Polaroids, Nguyễn believes that immigrants who documented their daily life when they came to their new country are in danger of becoming forgotten or lost, thus losing complex and complicated histories of migration. By building this alternative structure of personal images, the artist aims to create a new archive that seeks to represent the fractured ideology of multiculturalism from the bottom up where forms of civic engagement within a structure of kinship or even in solidarity with other communities can be observed. The Making of an Archive questions existing frameworks for archival history-making, and chooses instead a trajectory of collective exploration. Drawing again from the artists’ reference to ‘space fiction’, speculation here leads to a kind of cultural star-gazing: seeing fragments of this nascent archive reminds us of vast possibilities—reflections of lives already lived, and new frameworks for a future we have yet to see. Priority is given to histories of migration from people who identify as people of color (POC).
By Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
- Curated by Dan Pon, Maiko Tanaka, Vanessa Kwan
The Making of an Archive
- February 22, 2018 to April 21, 2018
Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers is a series of six documented video performances by Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. This series documents interrelated performances and were produced for the camera. Commissioned by the Corpus Network and produced in association with If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam the series features the artist working both in solo performances and with an ensemble in an ethereal and captivating series of performances. For Requiem, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa developed a cycle of new performance works. Across the punctuated moments of the cycle, Ramirez-Figueroa used his body and direct action to perform a series of images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War. Approaching the Civil War from a personal position, he has softened this images through abstraction and humour, while attempting to use the intensity of the performance schedule to push beyond the immense force of the collective and inscribed memory of the war's history. Beyond the live performances, the cycle of works form a collective of videos.
By Naufus Ramirez Figueroa
- Curated by Susan Gibb
Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers
- May 25, 2017 to May 29, 2017
grunt gallery launched of Journey to Kaho’olawe, an artist publication by Hans Winkler and T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss. The artist book is the result of a four year process centred on the Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe, a sacred site to the Hawaiians in recovery after being occupied as a practice range by the American military. Returned to the Hawaiians in the 1990s, the island is being remediated and returned to its natural state. The publication also documents the Kanaka presence in British Columbia since the late 1700s when Native Hawaiians travelled to BC with some staying and marrying into the Squamish peoples on the BC Coast and many other indigenous communities throughout the region. With texts by Wyss and historians Jean Barman and Bruce McIntyre Watson in addition to Hans Winkler the book represents the four year research project by the artists. In conjunction with the launch of the publication grunt gallery and the artists presented a week long series of events celebrating Kaho’olawe and the Kanaka presence in BC from May 25 to the 29th, 2017.
By Hans Winkler, T'uy't-tanat Cease Wyss
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
Journey to Kaho’olawe
- July 2, 2019 to August 3, 2019
This photographic exhibition features five large-scale digital photographs by Belmore produced in late 2017 and early 2018. The works were commissioned by grunt gallery and include witness, matriarch, mother, madonna, and keeper.
By Rebecca Belmore
- Curated by Glenn Alteen