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The Polygon Gallery
Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848
Until November 6
The Polygon presents the Canadian premiere of Stan Douglas’ acclaimed Venice Biennale exhibition. Reflecting the global political unrest of 2011 and the legacy of those movements, the work includes large-scale photographs and a two-channel video installation. The photographs depict four different protests and riots from 2011: the start of the Arab Spring in Tunis on Jan. 12; the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver on June 15; clashes between youth and police in London on Aug. 9; and the arrest of Occupy Wall Street protestors on Brooklyn Bridge in New York on Oct. 1. In contrast to the still images, a two-channel video called ISDN explores music as a form of cultural resistance in an immersive installation that imagines rappers from London’s Grime and Cairo’s Mahraganat music scenes exchanging beats and lyrics in improvised studios. The Polygon will present the photographs and videos in the same space for the first time; for the project’s unveiling in Venice, the photographs were exhibited in the Canada Pavilion in the Giardini and ISDN was located in a 16th-century salt warehouse. The Vancouver exhibition will also feature a fifth photograph, London, 2011-08-09 (Mare Street), a companion to Douglas’s Pembury Estate image depicting the London riots in Hackney.
101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver 604-986-1351
Surrey Art Gallery
Concealed Cultures: Visualizing the Black Vernacular and I see; I breathe; I am!
Until December 11
Partnering with the Black Arts Centre, a Black youth-owned and -operated artist-run hub and community space in Surrey, the Surrey Art Gallery presents two exhibits. Concealed Cultures: Visualizing the Black Vernacular connects seven artists (Oluseye, Karice Mitchell, Fegor Obuwoma, Clancy AF Ngbolah, Odera Igbokwe, Michele Bygodt and Nura Ali) through film, photography, printmaking, and other media exploring community, language, racial violence, voyeurism, spirituality, Black agency, erasure, and cultural reconnection. I see; I breathe; I am! features artists Nancy Ainomugisha and Olúwáṣọlá Kẹ́hìndé Olówó-Aké building on the theme of majority of Blackness using storytelling, photography and film.
13750 88th Avenue, Surrey 604-501-5566
Richmond Art Gallery
Vanessa Brown: That Other Hunger
Until November 6
The inspiration for Vanessa Brown’s That Other Hunger can be traced back to the Richmond-raised artist’s childhood fascination with the portable hole that recurs throughout Looney Tunes cartoons. In the cartoons, the hole functions conventionally, as characters fall in or drop into a void. But it acts as an object that can be picked up and thrown against a wall or placed in another spot, or as a channel that transports characters into another dimension. Brown uses the concept of holes as the exhibition’s point of departure, highlighting them as spaces of wonder that bypass physical and temporal boundaries. “In conceptualizing That Other Hunger, she researched an eclectic range of holes, from Pantheon’s oculus to geographical craters to black holes,” says RAG’s new curator Zoë Chan. The exhibit showcases the delicate metal sculpture work that Brown, now based in Europe, is known for, as well as soundworks by her collaborator Michelle Helene Mackenzie, video projections and textiles.
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond 604-247-8363
Sandra Harris: Westcoast Wanderlust
Until November 7
North Vancouver’s Sandra Harris spent her childhood playing team sports, re-drawing comic book illustrations and exploring the rugged shorelines and forested mountains of the West Coast with her family and friends. Today, the subject matter of her acrylic paintings deals primarily with western Canada’s natural landscapes, inspired by imagery she has collected of places that she has physically experienced via sea kayaking or on foot. The goal of her work is to relate the vibrancy of these landscapes to the viewer.
2435 Granville Street 604-736-5444