JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN on EXPANDING THE ARCHIVES and DAN PON on THE BRACKISH ECOLOGY OF GRUNT GALLERY’S ARCHIVE AND ARCHIVAL PROJECTS
March 21, 7pm
Other Sights at Access Gallery
222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC
JACQUELINE HOÀNG NGUYỄN will discuss her current collaboration with grunt gallery, The Making of an Archive, which is an alternative depository for vernacular photography in which diverse forms of civic engagement performed by minority groups––from care work to protests in public space––are digitized for archival purposes.
PON will present a conceptual view of grunt gallery’s archival initiatives through the rushes of the coastal riparian zone including a survey of past and current projects. Halophyte stands imagines the archive as a species of saline tolerant plant and explores some of the characteristics and parallels that make these organisms unique.
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2011, having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2005, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003. She has been awarded many grants and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2015, she was the first artist-in- residence at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. The residency was part of SWICH – Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage – a collaborative project involving ten European museums of Ethnography and World Cultures. She is currently co-editing Crating the World: Displaced Myths, Desires and Meanings a compendium to Nguyễn’s exhibition Black Atlas (2016) presented at the Museum of Ethnography. Based on archival photographs, the publication and the exhibition explore the implications of the administration of racialized labour for transporting material culture from foreign countries to the museum’s storage.
Dan Pon is a librarian based in unceded Coast Salish territories. He holds a MLIS degree from UBC (2012) and works as a librarian at Langara College and the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Dan manages the archive at grunt gallery and is currently conducting research on behalf of the Belkin Art Gallery and Geoffrey Farmer’s outdoor public art project Nothing Can Separate Us (When the Wheel Turns Why Does a Pot Emerge?).
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn “Courtesy the artist”
Photo: Garry Ross, courtesy Phil Beeman
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