July 23, 2018

WANDER | Goto + Morin x 'How Do You Carry the Land?' x VAG

'Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?  | Vancouver Art Gallery
Cultural Graffiti in London
Downtown—(July 12, 2018) The Vancouver Art Gallery (aka "šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square") showcased their latest summer art exhibition upstairs, How Do You Carry the Land? (stylized in lowercase), highlighting Japanese and Indigenous ancestries through dialogue and examining diverse experiences of place in different forms of innovative performance art.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery

From a collaboration between Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, they each address their perspectives as a Japanese diasporic woman and Tahltan First Nations man with further contributions from Corey Bulpitt, Roxanne Charles, Navarana Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Haruko Okano, and Juliane Okot Bitek.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery
Geisha Gyrl: Yakyuu! Let's Go!
Goto and Morin, close friends and artistic collaborators, investigate their perspectives and distinct relationships to place to challenge our dominant narratives of reconciliation and colonial history.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery

The exhibit includes collections of gifts (above) from the two artists that they have given each other over their many years of friendship. Each gift is accompanied by handwritten letters further explaining any cultural significance. The exhibit is full of nice, artistic touches like this.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery
Protect the Sacred Headwater
The performative exhibit aims to bridge the experiences of the respective artists in terms of their deep ancestral knowledge and how their bodies and experiences were inscribed by colonialism.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery
Haida mask carved by Corey Bulpitt
Also on the top floor, British Columbia multimedia artist Kevin Schmidt shares his large conceptual We Are the Robots installations mirroring his trademark do-it-yourself themes of invention and performance.

'Kevin Schmidt | 'We Are the Robots' | Vancouver Art Gallery
DIY Hifi stereo speakers
In one room, he reimagines an audiophile inspired stereo listening station into an amplified giant public sculpture among other low meets high fidelity artistic mashups. It makes for a nice contemporary complement next to the ancestral nature of Goto and Morin's collection.

'Cabin Fever' | Vancouver Art Gallery

Both How Do You Carry the Land? and We Are the Robots are on display now until October 28th.

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