Our Work Is These Conversations

Accompanying the current exhibition Conditional Belonging, Our Work Is These Conversations is a three-episode podcast featuring conversations between the participating artists. Named after a quote from the exhibiting work Ideal School Project (2014) by Taryn Goodwin, and facilitated by Rebecca Wang 王晨釔, this podcast will air during the course of the exhibition with transcripts available. 

In Our Work Is These Conversations, the six artists partner up into three pairs based on their own interests and engage in a discussion on some of the common themes in their work, such as power relations, kinship, resistance, grieving and healing. Social practice artist and community organizer Taryn Goodwin and artist, photographer Neena Robertson talk about access, learning (from our bodies and the land), (displacement of) labour, and self-care in institutions and their practices. The conversation between multidisciplinary performance collective Art Action Earwig and photographer Tadafumi Tamura contemplates on the injustice and struggle inflicted by colonial systems and capitalism, and how their lived experiences as Asian immigrants and a former sex worker animate their work. Red River Métis artist Maria-Margaretta and Lil'wat artist Sydney Frances Pickering discuss strategies in navigating the colonial society as Indigenous women, such as storytelling, humour, and making art, especially beadwork, for their own sake.

 

Transcript available here.