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Raymond Boisjoly: Remediation as Material Testimony
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Raymond Boisjoly: Remediation as Material Testimony

I recently read a section of a chapter by Shoshana Felman entitled “Education and Crisis, or the Vicissitudes of Teaching”, which specifically deals with the notion of testimony, asking “Can the process of the testimony – that of bearing witness to a crisis or a trauma – be made use of in the classroom situation?” While I will not address much of the pedagogical elements of this text, Felman’s discussion of testimony rang in my mind throughout Raymond Boisjoly’s recent artist talk, and I would like to tentatively explore a few of these connections. Continue reading

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Indian Residential Schools

Originally posted on WAYNE K. SPEAR:
THE PHRASE “Indian Residential School System” refers to a historical church-state partnership formalized by the Government of Canada in 1892 with an Order-in- Council. Long before the late nineteenth century, many features of this system could be discerned. In the early days of Christian missionary work on the North…

A Shared History
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A Shared History

Throughout my education at UBC I have been trying to define what my role or position as an emerging curator within the field of contemporary indigenous art will be, a process which has lately intensified since beginning work at the Belkin Art Gallery. This has involved a lot of personal searching in terms of both my own beliefs and my familial history, which is what I want to talk about today.

I was raised primarily by my mother, a wonderful, strong, thoroughly Dutch woman who is constantly whistling around the house and makes a strong pot of coffee. Continue reading

Invisible Violence Project Launch and Artist Talk
Artist Talks

Invisible Violence Project Launch and Artist Talk

A multi-pronged project curated by Liz Park, Invisible Violence¬†includes a collection of 5 x 7″ cards with photographs by Rebecca Belmore, Ken Gonzales-Day, Francisco-Fernando Granados and Louise Noguchi; a series of “discursive events” where the publication is distributed for free; and a web hub that will be updated with blog responses to each of the … Continue reading