Join us for these brief presentations followed by discussion:
Reflecting on texture: riparian to foreshore. Cecily Nicholson will speak on poetics entrenched in movement, studies that contribute to all sorts of connection, such as solidarity, and undoing, such as decolonization. “there can, of course, be no apolitical…” (Mohanty, 1984).
Bracken Hanuse Corlett will discuss reconciliation as a process, not a product. The word itself contains connotations that don’t align with the principles of healthy relationships. There can be no reconciliation without truth and definable political action. Before reconciliation there must be individual healing as well as re-establishing bonds and alliances between Indigenous Nations that have been ruptured by colonization.
Cecily Nicholson is 2017 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University. She is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry.
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in the theatre and performance 16 years ago, before transitioning towards a practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. His work combines traditional Indigenous Northwest Coast iconography and history with new media and concepts existing cyclical space. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He has also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver. Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at grunt gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).
Images: Left: Cover, From the Poplars by Cecily Nicholson, Talon Books, 2014. Right: Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Awake.Listening,
The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast.
The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is a non-profit arts organization that develops new and unexpected exhibition platforms outside of the gallery context. Other Sights collaborates and shares resources with organizations and individuals to present artworks that consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life. For more information visit othersights.ca
Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15, and private donors without whom this project would not be possible.
Established as an non-profit artist-run centre in 1991, Access Gallery is platform for emergent and experimental art practices. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. For more information visit accessgallery.ca
Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Hamber Foundation, the Burrard Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Gallery, NSB Reederei, and our committed donors, members and volunteers.