Twenty-Three Days At Sea 2015 – 2016 Residents

Elisa Ferrari
Departure: June 16, 2015
Arrival: July 23, 2015


Born in Italy and based in Vancouver, Elisa Ferrari’s practice aims to uncover disparities between historical documentation and experience, and frequently asks how everyday activities become articulated tactics that might enable critiques of institutional power. She works with archival fragments of text, image, and videography to consider the act and implications of retrieval, in projects that manifest through installation, performance, sound, and photography. Ferrari is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s MAA program. Since 2013 she has served as Events and Exhibitions Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre and as member of the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive Committee.

*Left: Elisa Ferrari, Right: Run with Bosun, 2015, Digital photograph. image courtesy of the artist

Nour Bishouty
Departure: August 4, 2015
Arrival: August 25, 2015


Born in Jordan and currently based between Toronto and Beirut, Nour Bishouty’s work, which takes shape through installations, images, objects and text, explores ways that narrative can be wound to locate or fabricate connectivity. Recent work has focused on examining the meanings of belonging and affiliation and their peculiar relationship to place. Bishouty holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a fellow at the 2014/15 Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan.

*Left: Nour Bishouty, Right: Not Dispersed but Assembled, 2015-ongoing, installation view. image courtesy of the artist

Christopher Boyne
Departure: September 8, 2015
Arrival: October 15, 2014


Christopher Boyne works from impressions, sentiment, and remembered matter, in a practice that is driven by Williams Carlos Williams’ dictum, “no ideas but in things.” He uses photography (both moving and still) and sculpture to consider how fleeting experience can be distilled through recall into form, and understands his work to function like storytelling, stimulating nostalgia, reflection, reminiscence, and regret. Born in Halifax and now based between Halifax and Montreal, Boyne is a graduate of Concordia’s MFA program.

*Left: Christopher Boyne, Right: Untitled, 2015, Pen and fruit sticker. image courtesy of the artist

Amaara Raheem
Departure: April 19, 2016
Arrival: On, or around 23 days after date of departure


Amaara Raheem is a Sri Lankan born Australian / British dance artist. Her practice is performance. Inspired by a longing for and, belonging to several lands and identities, her work embodies multi-layered experiences of in-between-ness. She is interested in articulating ethics in relation to aesthetics of mobility, placing words and movement in parallel to embody ‘knowing’ as flux. Amaara is a PhD candidate at School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

*Left: Amaara Raheem, Right: Kubrik on Sea, 2013, group performance. image courtesy of the artist


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Twenty-Three Days at Sea: A Travelling Artist Residency is produced by Access Gallery in partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery. Additional assistance in Asia is graciously provided by China Residencies and Art Contraste, and at the port by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Access is grateful for the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia government through the BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, and our donors, sponsors, members and volunteers.




Burrard Arts Foundation
Contemporary Art Gallery
China Residencies