Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Apology : Vancouver Can't Argue With the Dead

Chris Bose: The Apology

December 27, 2011 to January 30, 2012

The Apology is a new media installation featuring rare colour footage from 1941 Vancouver. This work juxtaposes the modern city with Aboriginal Children at an undisclosed Residential School and with a voice over of the Apology by Stephen Harper to the First Nations, Inuit and Metis People of Canada, producing a multi-layered response to the production and reconsideration of contemporary history.

This work can be viewed nightly in the front window of UNIT/PITT Projects, 15 E Pender St., Vancouver. Screenings begin after sunset and continue until 11 pm, seven days a week.

The Apology can be viewed online,  http://theapology.helenpittgallery.org/

Chris Bose is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician and filmmaker. He is a war party baby born of the N’laka’pamux and Secwepemc Nations in BC, and currently spends his time in Kamloops BC. Visit him on his blog, "a blog about creating art everyday, documenting my experience as an aboriginal in canada...."

Sxwchálten (Dustin Rivers): 

Vancouver Can’t Argue With The Dead

“That was just the way things were back then.”
“Well, I can’t argue with the dead.”

In this work, which juxtaposes the archival and the current, traditional language and contemporary jargon, and the “first person” perspective with the false omniscience of written history, Sxwchálten (Dustin Rivers) uses photography, writing and video to inscribe previously unheard voices on the historical record. Whether these are the voices of the dead or of the living is left to the observer to discover.

Sxwchálten (Dustin Rivers) is a Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) multi-disciplinary artist. Renewal of heritage and language are key aspects layered through his practice. Indigneous culture, tradition, and history intersect with indigenous political discourse to create messages and dialogue. It in these crossroads he combines his polemics, with artistic vision, and cultural knowledge to present ideas, concepts, and stories unique to his upbringing and identity. His previous work has been visual art, media art, story-telling, and activism within the indigenous communities. He is an accomplished artist and language revitalization activist. Follow him on Twitter or visit the website, Squamish Language.com:
@Xelsilem_Rivers Vancouver, British Columbia
The Official Twitter Account for Sxwchálten X̱elsílem Tłaḵwasik̓a̱n (Formerly Dustin Rivers).

Squamish Language.com

Reclaiming the Language of the Squamish People


Wil George: Survival In Its Many Shapes

 More about Wil George here, and the Ill Repute multivalence here, in my earlier posts. BOOKS by all the above artists and other UnitPitt project artists available from the gallery.

Pitt Gallery has a wishlist  of needed items, including
  • a small shop-vac
  • portable electric heaters
  • mini-DV video camera
  • digital still camera
  • data projector
  • jigsaw
  • desk lighting
  • disc sander
  • cash!

Robert Lovelace:

Attawapiskat and colonialism: 

Seeing the forest 

and the trees

Sources: primarily Unit/Pitt Projects website (follow the links), with additional online resources.
Robert Lovelace' article link leads to rabble.ca

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