artists + curator
Vikky Alexander has been part of the art community in Vancouver for the last 25 years and was a Full Professor at the University of Victoria in Victoria until 2016. Alexander’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the United States, Europe and Asia. Alexander’s work is characterized by the artist’s ongoing consideration of illusion and material desires framed within the language of architecture and design. Since the early 1980’s Alexander has investigated culture’s appropriation and substitution of nature as it is manifest in mass market interior design items, such as photomurals of scenic landscapes, wood veneers and decorative mirrors. Her photographs, collages, drawings, installations and sculpture recognize the artificial as a place for utopian fantasy, a surreal space where the natural is recreated in an improved or even perfected form. She examines how the formal signs of photography, architecture as well as interior and graphic design reveal and shape meaning in our contemporary culture, bringing to the fore discussions of capitalism, commodification and desire within the parameters of fantasy and cultural longing.
Sonny Assu, an Interdisciplinary Artist, (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his ancestral home on Vancouver Island. He discovered his Liǥwildaʼx̱w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage at the age of eight, a discovery that came to constitute the conceptual focal point of his contemporary art practice. His practice is diverse, exploring multiple media and materials to negotiate Western and Kwakwaka’wakw principles of art making. His work often explores his family history as a way of shedding light on Canada's hidden history and treatment of the First People. Assu has been awarded Emily Carr University's distinguished alumni award (2006); the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations Art (2011) and is a 2017 Laureate for the REVEAL - Indigenous Art Awards. He currently resides in unceded Liǥwildaʼx̱w territory (Campbell River, BC).
(Cree Metis / German) is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Upcoming 2017 curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto's Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. He currently is teaching as Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. For more information about his work, please visit Jasonbaerg.com.
(b. Cape Breton Island, NS, Canada) pursues an interdisciplinary practice that investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. Projects include an ambitious public installation at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, an exhibition with Open Studio, Toronto, and an upcoming exhibition inaugurating the University of Reno’s new arts centre. He has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Art Gallery of York University, Maquis Projects (Izmir), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Trankat (Tétouan, Morocco), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence), Artellewa (Cairo), and Sanat Limani (Istanbul).
Umesh Maddanahalli Shivanna is an artist based in Bangalore, India. He belongs to a generation of artists from Bangalore, India that was instrumental in introducing Installation and Conceptual art to the Indian art scene. He experimented with what could be termed as the first earth art piece in 1996 titled “Earth Work- a time and site-specific project.” He worked on ‘Us from Them’, a performance piece at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart in 2001. He created a video piece for a show titled ‘Communication and War’ in Graz, Austria in 2001. He has incorporated cooking and food as one more element in his work over the last decade. Umesh has conducted many workshops for students of art and taken part in many international residencies.
Hyung-Min Yoon lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, Korea. Yoon’s work explores the broad notion of translation and the history of language through re-contextualization. Her work has been featured in exhibitions including The Doors, Trunk gallery, Seoul (2016), Under My Skin, HITE Collection, Seoul (2016), SunMoon, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul (2015), The Book of Jests, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver (2014), From Nature, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver (2013), and Little bit of history deleting, Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna (2013). She was the Grand Prize recipient of PUBLIC ART Selected Artists in 2014, and has been invited resident artist at numerous institutions, including the Gyeonggi Creation Centre 2014 and Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna in 2013.
Raghavendra Rao K.V
Raghavendra Rao K.V. has taken part in residencies, workshops, and exhibitions in India, Scotland, Switzerland, and Mauritius. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a core faculty member for fourteen years at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, one of India’s leading Art and Design institutes. In 2014, his paintings were exhibited in the curated group show ‘Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru’ at Surrey Art Gallery, BC. At present, he is working on a project titled ‘Mending Cracks’ on trauma and recovery. Results of this project were exhibited in Bangalore in 2016 December and at UBC, Vancouver in 2017.