Join us for a talk and writing workshop with curator Tarah Hogue and writer Reg Johanson to discuss recent art exhibitions such as Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Lunchtime Talks is a series featuring guest artists and writers from the Lower Mainland focussing on art and the representation of indigenous cultures.
Curator Tarah Hogue will examine the varied and distinctive ways artists respond to the residential school experience. Writer and Capilano faculty Reg Johanson will lead a journal writing workshop exploring how the practice of writing about visual art can form a beginning for journal writing.
In 2012-13, Tarah Hogue co-curated two exhibitions about the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools that coincided with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s National Event in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery was curated by a team of seven people – including Belkin Art Gallery staff, UBC professors and recent graduates. The exhibition featured indigenous and non-indigenous artists from British Columbia and across Canada, and was cross-generational to include those who directly experienced Indian Residential Schools as well as those who are witnesses to its ongoing impact.
The second exhibition, NET-ETH: Going Out of the Darkness was organized by Malaspina Printmakers and held at three locations, including Malaspina, Emily Carr University and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery in the Skwachàys Healing Lodge in the Downtown Eastside. NET-ETH was co-curated by Hogue and Rose Spahan, and included works made by students at ECUAD, indigenous artists living and working in the DTES as well as other professional artists. In her presentation, Hogue will discuss and compare the different experiences and curatorial directions of the two exhibitions and the varied and distinctive ways that artists respond to the residential school experience.
Reg Johanson is a writer and teacher on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver BC. He is the author of two books of poetry and is the editor of CUE Books. He edited a collection of Aniishinabekwe poet Annharte’s critical prose and journals, AKA Inendagosekwe, published in 2013. He teaches at Capilano University, where he is a member of the Indigenizing the Academy Committee.
Lunchtime Talks is a series featuring guest artists and writers from the Lower Mainland focussing on art and the representation of indigenous cultures, specifically through issues raised by the Witness Blanket, a commemorative artwork displayed at Capilano University in 2014 that addresses the legacy of the Indian Residential School System. The series is part of Response, an educational program created by the Presentation House Gallery in partnership with First Nations Student Services at Capilano University.
Through the presentation, workshop and informal discussion in a welcoming environment, this event will support attendees with the process of writing texts and making art addressing the Indian Residential School System and its ongoing effects.
To take part in the Response Book, please see our open call: http://s32434.wix.com/response#!response-book-open-call/c1rc1