Marianne Nicolson’s The Way In Which It Was Given To Us at UrbanScreen to January 7, 2018 Artist Talk at Surrey Art Gallery: October 26, 7−8:30pm
Marianne Nicolson’s newly created animation with sound The Way In Which It Was Given To Us (2017), on view at UrbanScreen until January 7, references the pictograph as a way of recording stories on the land.
Nicolson has explored the pictograph in previous works, including in her early large scale mural Cliff Painting (1998) and, more recently, in her banner project Inquiry to the Newcomers (2017). The originating images for the latter work are based on a real pictograph that exists at the mouth of the Kingcome River in coastal BC, home of the Dzawada’enuxw People, and depicts original contact with trade ships in 1792. Other Nations local to Surrey share histories of contact, reserve commissions, and processes of dispossession.
The artist’s UrbanScreen work is informed by this as well as research into Kwantlen and Semiahmoo pictographs. Nicolson’s work celebrates the re-emergence of Indigenous Peoples’ voices while articulating that there can be no true reconciliation between Indigenous and settler societies without an acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples’ displacement from their lands.
Marianne Nicolson is a linguist, anthropologist, and a visual artist of Scottish and Dzawada’enuxw First Nations descent based in Victoria, BC. The Dzawada’enuxw People are a member tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
UrbanScreen is an offsite venue of Surrey Art Gallery that shows art after dark. It’s located at 13458 107A Avenue in Surrey, on the west wall of the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. Exhibitions begin 30 minutes after sunset and end at midnight.
Free event with refreshments | Marianne Nicolson will talk about her practice in relation to her new work developed for UrbanScreen. She will be joined in conversation by writer Siku Allooloo, and artist respondents Brandon Gabriel and Peter Morin. The event will open with Semiahmoo welcoming remarks by artist Roxanne Charles, and be moderated by the Gallery’s Curator of Education and Engagement Alison Rajah. An online publication with a commissioned essay by Siku Allooloo, as part of the Surrey Art Gallery Presents series, about The Way In Which It was Given To Us will be available.
This event will be held at the Surrey Art Gallery, and those in attendance will be invited to view the installed The Way in Which It Was Given To Us with Nicolson onsite at UrbanScreen.
ABOUT THE ARTIST AND SPEAKERS | Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent. The Dzwada̱’enux̱w People are a member tribe of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Her training encompasses both traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1996), a Masters in Fine Arts (1999), a Masters in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005), and a PhD in Linguistics and Anthropology (2013) at the University of Victoria. She has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally as a painter, photographer, and installation artist, has written and published numerous essays and articles, and has participated in multiple speaking engagements. Her practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability.
Siku Allooloo is a writer who is Inuit/Taino from Denendeh (Northwest Territories). Her work incorporates inherited legacies of resistance, continuity, and creative expression to support the revitalization and empowerment of Indigenous communities. Siku holds a BA in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria.
Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist, curator, and art educator at Surrey Art Gallery. She is currently completing her MFA at Simon Fraser University. She is of Strait Salish and European descent and an active member of Semiahmoo Nation.
Brandon Gabriel (Kʷələxʷəlstən) is a multimedia visual artist from the Kwantlen First Nation and works and resides with his wife Melinda and daughter Jamie in unceded Kwantlen territory. He is a graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer currently based in Brandon, Manitoba. He studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and completed his MFA at UBC Okanagan in 2011. In both his artistic practice as well as his curatorial work, he explores issues of de-colonization through the practice of Indigenous ways of knowing/knowledge.
ABOUT URBANSCREEN | Imagined by artists and built by the City, Surrey’s UrbanScreen is Canada’s largest non-commercial outdoor urban screen dedicated to presenting digital and interactive art. UrbanScreen is an offsite venue of the Surrey Art Gallery and is located on the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in City Centre. The venue can be viewed from SkyTrain, between Gateway and Surrey Central stations. Exhibitions begin 30 minutes after sunset, and end at midnight.
UrbanScreen was made possible by the City of Surrey Public Art Program, with support from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Surrey Art Gallery Association, and the BC Arts Council Unique Opportunities Program, and is a legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad project CODE. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council for its ongoing programming including this exhibition and event. UrbanScreen’s 2015 equipment renewal was made possible by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage / Government of Canada and the City of Surrey.
Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Foundation, and Surrey Art Gallery Association.
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