Exhibition Opening: Friday, January 13th 6-9pm
What Remains is comprised of the work of four artists who contend with conditions of identity through unique and varied means. This multimedia exhibition incorporates dialogical performance highlighting resistance to a gendering and racializing gaze formed on Eurocentric constructions of identity politics. Sincere, experiential, embodied works from the following artists will be featured: Afuwa, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Marbella Anne Carlos and Jordan Martin.
The artists’ performances relate to moments of their lived experience as they consider what remains after the performance —placeholders for future engagements with a gallery audience. The residue of performance includes video, photography, physical objects and other remnants —elements that can only linger as memory.
This exhibition will focus on the importance of performance as process that decenters value constructs placed upon the art object. In this case, these processes are not concerned with success tied to a commercial market of production. The work presented is a culmination of the everyday experiences generously shared by the artists, held and supported by the gallery.
Afuwa was born in Guyana, on Karinya and Akawaio lands; she lives and makes art on Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Squamish, and Coast Salish territories. She was the 2013 Visiting Artist at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, and is an active member of Gallery Gachet and Dance Troupe Practice collectives. Her work has been featured in online and print publications including The Feminist Wire, Briarpatch, West Coast Line, and subTerrain; current projects re-imagine relations across bodies and through the Atlantic diaspora.
Marbella Carlos is a media and installation artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She obtained her BFA in Visual Studies (With Distinction) from the University of Calgary and her BEd in Visual Arts from the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on themes of intimacy and identity. She has exhibited her video work in venues across Canada and internationally.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong, born in China, is a visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received an M.F.A. from Concordia University and a B.F.A from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, such as, The Great American Performance Art in New York, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, Infr’Action in Venice, Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin, Miami Performance International Festival in Miami, Kaunas Biennial, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, Internationales Festival für Performance in Mannheim, Place des Arts in Montreal, and so on.
Jordan A. Martin is a multi-disciplinary musician, poet, & curator. Her work is often research-based & employs logics and languages of psycho-social association & disembodiment/deferment to re-organize collaborative and participatory relationships to pedagogy, age, race, desire, music, and information. Her music, work, and workshops have been shown and performed at Columbus Museum of Art, Cooper Union, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio Poetry Association, Ohio State University, La MaMa Theatre, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, Brooklyn Art Exchange and more.