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Stan Douglas: Inconsolable Memories

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC thru Mar 19, 2006

Stan Douglas - Inconsolable Memories
Stan Douglas, Inconsolable Memories (2005), film still [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Mar 19]

Vancouver-born photographer Stan Douglas is a pioneer of the movement towards projected media – film and video – as an art form. His international leadership continues unabated in 2005 and 2006 with solo shows in Toronto, Vancouver, Madrid and New York, as well as group shows in Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and Finland. His photographs, films and video installations, once strongly rooted in conceptual art practices, continue to test the boundaries of post-modernist gallery exhibitions.

Stan Douglas - Inconsolable Memories
Stan Douglas, Inconsolable Memories (2005), film still [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Mar 19]


Despite their optical perfection, Douglas’ flawless photographs dispassionately capture experiences that are intellectual rather than perceptual. Paradoxically, pieces like the 15-minute film loop Journey into Fear (2003), which ran for 157 hours, engage the viewer at an existential and even poetic level.

Inconsolable Memories consists of a new film work and a series of photographs shot in Cuba during the last two years. The film work, “Inconsolable Memories”, is based on a Cuban film, “Memories of Underdevelopment” (1968) by Tomas Gutierrez Alea. Douglas’ film re-stages Alea’s story in the 1980s, a time when tens of thousands of Cubans, including hundreds of convicts, fled Fidel Castro’s regime. Inconsolable Memories is a co-production of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha.

www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca

LECTURE:
Vancouver, Detroit, Havana with Stan Douglas, Thursday, Feb 16, 6pm at UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St, Vancouver. Tickets free, first come first serve basis. Details: http://terry.ubc.ca.

Mia Johnson

Stan Douglas – Panopticon, Isla de Pinos/Isla de la Juventud
Stan DouglasPanopticon, Isla de Pinos/Isla de la Juventud (2005), laser-jet print mounted on aluminum [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Mar 19]


Stan Douglas – Rooftops, Habana Vieja
Stan DouglasRooftops, Habana Vieja (n.d.), laser-jet print mounted on honeycomb aluminum [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Mar 19]


 Tue, Feb 7, 2006