We have been hard at work over the summer here at Vtape preparing our fall programming schedule, and are now very excited to be able to share the projects we are going to be exhibiting within the next few months.
Millie Chen – Tour (2014)
September 11 – October 15, 2015
The first of these artists will be the Taiwan-born, Canadian artist Millie Chen, with her piece Tour (2014). The installations and videos of Millie Chen function as sensory experiences that question the perceptual and ideological assumptions of the audience. With Tour, Chen engages with four former genocide sites around the globe, provoking the question, how we can sustain the memory of that which has become invisible? Tour engages intimately with each place via land and a representative voice, juxtaposing and interweaving the visual journey with the audio passage. As the viewer traverses the land, what initially appear as harmless, even banal, details of local flora take on a much more haunting and menacing presence as the sorrowfully comforting vocalization unfolds and the location is revealed.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18 2015, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Friday, September 18 2015, 6:30 pm
Jackson 2bears and Janet Marie Rogers – For this Land (2015)
October 16 – November 19, 2015
The next project that we will be showing is a new segment within Jackson 2bears and Janet Marie Rogers’ collaborative multimedia series For this Land (2015). 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist from Six Nations and Tyendinaga, and Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in Ontario. The two artists cite Sioux philosopher Vine Deloria, Jr’s arguments on the incommensurability between Western theology and Indigenous spirituality as their primary inspiration for the For this Land series. In this specific iteration of the series 2bears and Rogers also claim inspiration from Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson, the place where she was born, and the house in which she grew up – an estate named Chiefswood on the Six Nations Indian Reserve. The installation that will be exhibited at Vtape will be an imaginative versioning and aesthetic interpretation of the dialogues that these two artists had with each other while spending time at the Chiefswood heritage site and after having read Johnson’s stories.
For this Land will be on view in conjunction with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival from October 16th to November 19th.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16 2015, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Friday, October 16 2015, Exact time TBA (Part of imagineNATIVE Art Crawl)
Marie Dauverné – Les Contagions Barbares (2015) and Les crevasses foisonnent de miniatures hérétiques (2015)
November 20 – December 18, 2015
The last artist we will be showing this fall will be Montréal based artist Marie Dauverné, with her two pieces Les contagions barbares (2015) and Les crevasses foisonnent de miniatures hérétiques (2015). Dauverné‘s video work is characterized by a dense collage aesthetic that uses a mixture of archival imagery, folk music, and handmade drawings to pose seemingly naive questions on the more taboo aspects of family, relationships, sexuality, and race. We will be showing Dauverné’s work from November 20th to December 18th, which will wrap up our 2015 programming schedule.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20 2015, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Friday, November 20 2015, 6:30pm
We are extremely excited to be working with each of these artists so please check back throughout the summer, as we will be posting more information regarding each of these exhibitions.