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Gu Xiong, Becoming River

Gu Xiong, Becoming River, detail (2010), plastic boats, photographs, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer

Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures

Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver BC – Jan 23-Sep 12, 2010

Laura Wee Láy Láq, Tall Pod

Laura Wee Láy Láq, Tall Pod (2009), handbuilt, burnished, and sawdust-fired clay. Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer

Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures brings together the work of 12 contemporary artists: Laura Wee Láy Láq, Hayati Mokhtar, Tania Mouraud, Marianne Nicolson, Edward Poitras, Rosanna Raymond, Dain-Iskandar Said, Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan, Prabakar Visvanath, John Wynne, Gu Xiong and Ron Yunkaporta.

Through their artwork, these artists examine the idea of borders: “not only as lines that divide, but also as spaces of encounter and exchange, protection and exclusion, migration and memory.” The notion of borders encompasses geographic and political borders as well as racial, religious, ethnic, language and other cultural boundaries subjected to what aboriginal artist Dana Claxton calls “the anthro/entho gaze.”

The exhibited artworks include, fittingly, a plethora of installations: ritual Law Poles used in Aboriginal Australian peoples mortuary ceremonies, a sound installation of photography panels with hidden speakers, a four-channel video installation, an installation of projected images, an installation of 2,000 small white plastic boats, an installation of glass boxes with etched and photographic images, a sound and photographic installation for 12 channels of audio diffusion, and more.

Border Zones has an online component with articles on the artists, installation views, video interviews, reviews and a blog. Over the course of the exhibition, the site seeks to become an archive of ideas about borders: in particular, “how new spaces of thought and meaning are created and contested at the boundaries of knowledge, language, art, culture, and politics.”

The exhibit inaugurated MOA’s new Audain Gallery on January 23, 2010, and is presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

www.borderzones.ca

Mia Johnson

John Wynne, Anspayaxw

John Wynne, Anspayaxw (2009), Photography by Denise Hawrysio, 12-channel sound, photographic prints, panel speakers. Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer

Installation view of Cling to the Sea by Rosanna Raymond

Installation view of Cling to the Sea by Rosanna Raymond (2010), masi (bark cloth made by Adi Liku Vadranalagi, Fiji), video and gobo projection, audio recording [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Jan 23- Sep 12] Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer

Rosanna Raymond, Cling to the Sea

Rosanna Raymond, Cling to the Sea (2010), Masi (bark cloth made by Adi Liku Vadranalagi, Fiji), video and gobo projection, audio recording. Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer


 Sun, Jun 6, 2010