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February – June, 2018
Cathedral Square Park, Vancouver
(Dunsmuir and Richards Streets)
Curated by Joni Low
What Are Our Supports? is a series of artists’ projects in public space exploring the supports that bear, create and sustain contexts for artistic production, communities, and collective space. Situated within Home Made Home: Boothy, a mobile structure by Germaine Koh, and leading up to Koh’s solo exhibition at Richmond Art Gallery in June, projects by Emily Neufeld with Cease Wyss, Stacey Ho, DRIL Art Collective, and Khan Lee and Andrew Lee will launch monthly in Cathedral Square Park from February to June.
What are our supports, amidst current conditions of environmental, social and political precarity? Increased privatization of public life and its friction within everyday experience can not be ignored. How do we draw attention to the supports – invisible and relational, material and incidental, temporary and ongoing – that allow for encounters with art? Are there ways to re-inhabit seemingly outdated support structures – ideas, paradigms, technologies – to imagine different futures? Responding to the need for greater discourse around the creation of space for contemporary art, particularly in a city with rampant urban development and regulation, What Are Our Supports looks to art in public space as a form of research, provocation, and collective learning. It looks to the frameworks artists propose in working together to create change.
Facebook Page (Project archive of research-in-progress)
This project series is made possible through the generous support of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, Or Gallery, and Richmond Art Gallery. We would also like to thank the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Language and Culture for translation assistance, A & B Tool Rentals and Lexie Owen for their generous contributions.
The Or Gallery and Richmond Art Gallery acknowledge their presence on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories.