ON THE ENTWINEMENT OF INDIGENEITY AND HIDDEN LABOUR IN THE MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY VANCOUVER
Dana Claxton with Jaleh Mansoor
Tuesday, June 5, 7– 8.30pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room
730 East Hastings Street
Attendance is Free
Join celebrated local artist Dana Claxton and art historian Jaleh Mansoor as they debate the following questions, prompted by Claxton’s new series of photographic works: do unresolved aboriginal sovereignty and economics, a housing crisis precipitated by tectonic shifts in global wealth distribution and finally culture, a genre nested within lens-based practices responsive to the collapse of medium specificity, have anything to do with one another? Does the international dispersal of swelling wealth, of surplus value generated elsewhere, have anything to do with the decomposition and re-composition of a local aesthetic? Who or what stands at the vanishing point of two seemingly unrelated phenomenon that locate Vancouver on the GPS of global culture?
Dana Claxton works in film video, photography, video and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been exhibited internationally is held in numerous public collections. She was honoured with the VIVA Award in 2001. Claxton’s family reserve is Lakota First Nations – Wood Mountain.
Jaleh Mansoor’s current project traces the historical and structural entwinement of aesthetic and real (or concrete) abstraction understood as the extraction of surplus labour valorized on and by the market. An associate professor of Art history at UBC, Mansoor’s first book, Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia was published by Duke University Press in 2016.
Image: Dana Claxton, Subterranean Weaving: On the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver, 2018, (Work in progress). Courtesy the artist