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Camille Turner, Jérôme Havre, and Wayde Compton discuss black identity, land, and belonging

16feb2:30 pm4:00 pmCamille Turner, Jérôme Havre, and Wayde Compton discuss black identity, land, and belonging2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Details

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 4 pm

Surrey, BC | Related to their Triangle Trade exhibit, Surrey Art Gallery presents a conversation with exhibiting artists Camille Turner and Jérôme Havre, moderated by local author Wayde Compton, on Saturday, February 16 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This free event is presented in partnership with the Or Gallery with support from the Consulate General of France in Vancouver/ Consulat général de France à Vancouver.

Triangle Trade is a short film created by Camille Turner, Jérôme Havre, and Cauleen Turner. Three puppet characters live on a group of islands created by each of the artists to represent themselves. As they move through their landscapes, they reflect on their relationships between black identity, land, and belonging in contemporary society. This 14-minute film presents an important conversation and vivid imagery that speaks to our current cultural climate marked by incidences of xenophobia and racism.

At the event, the artists will share their practices and process of collaboration toward this film and beyond. They will also discuss diasporic experiences of belonging, movement, and relationship to land and community. Audiences will have an opportunity to share in the Q & A session to follow.

“Jérôme, Cauleen, and I came together to create Triangle Trade as a way to reflect on our identities as descendants of those who were forcefully dispersed to different parts of the globe. Cauleen is from the USA. Jérôme, who was born and raised in France, is of Martiniquan descent, and I was born in Jamaica and grew up in Canada. What do we share? How do we recognize ourselves and our connections? And in what ways are we different?” says Camille Turner.

Triangle Trade is playing in Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab until March 24.

About the Artists

Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home, and belonging. Born in Jamaica and based in Toronto for many years, she combines Afrofuturism and historical research in her interventions, installations, and public engagements that have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Wanted, a collaboration with Camal Pirbhai, was presented most recently by the Art Gallery of Ontario and uses the trope of fashion to transform 18th-century newspaper posts by Canadian slave owners into contemporary fashion ads. Camille is the founder of Outerregion, an Afrofuturist performance group. She has lectured at various institutions such as University of Toronto, Algoma University, and Toronto School of Art. She is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate.

Jérôme Havre’s multidisciplinary art practice focuses on issues of identity, community, and territory, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. He uses a variety of tools and methods to make tangible the conditions of identity within situations of social transformation. Havre completed his studies at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris). Since 2001, he has exhibited in Europe, Africa, and North America. Recent shows include Talking Back, Otherwise, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; Paradis: La fabrique de l’image, espace d’art contemporain 14°N 61°W, Martinique; Land Marks, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario; Liminal (Necessity and accident), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON; and Reiteration, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. He is currently based in Toronto.

Wayde Compton is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies. His collection of short stories, The Outer Harbour, won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2015 and he won a National Magazine Award (Silver) for Fiction in 2011. His work has been a finalist for two other City of Vancouver Book Awards as well as the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006, Compton co-founded Commodore Books, western Canada’s first Black Canadian literary press. Compton has been writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, Green College at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Public Library. From 2012-18, he administrated the Creative Writing Program in Continuing Studies at SFU, including the award-winning Writer’s Studio. Compton teaches in the faculty of Creative Writing at Douglas College.

About Surrey Art Gallery | Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free. 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, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.



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