Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Imag(in)ing Home: A collective art -work by Vancouver Srliankan Tamils. Facilitated by T. Shanaathanan.For exhibition at UBC Museum of Anthropology

  Boundary and Translation: New Art Across CulturesExhibition marking the launch of the ‘new’ Museum of Anthropology on January 23, 2010Curated by Karen Duffek, MOA Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts, and Niranjan Rajah, Assistant Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University Co-presented by Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad   Boundary and Translation: New Art across Cultures is an exhibition of international contemporary art that will inaugurate a major gallery at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in 2010. It will bring together the work of twelve artists engaged in a dialogue about cultural boundaries—within and between communities, art practices, audiences, or institutions—and the possibility of translation across them. A full-color catalogue featuring curatorial essays, a preface by leading cultural anthropologist James Clifford, and photographs by Ken Mayer will accompany the exhibition.  Contemporary art is increasingly significant as a site where cultural differences and values are both produced and contested. At the same time, MOA, as an anthropological museum located on traditional Musqueam territory, is involved in a critical re-thinking of the relationships among cultural institutions, originating communities, knowledge systems, and collections of art and ethnology.  Boundary and Translation will contribute to the dialogue by showcasing a diversity of productive, disturbing, and boundary-altering art approaches. Integrating community-based practices with those of transnational art arenas, the exhibition will emphasize the co-existence of traditional, modern, and postmodern forms within contemporary art.  Boundary and Translation is part of MOA’s commitment to exploring, developing, and inviting new ways of representing understandings about culture and its translations in the 21st century.  Exhibition co-presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Sponsored by The Vancouver Foundation, The Canada Council, Consulat Général de France à Vancouver, and Audrey Hawthorn Fund for Publications in Museum Anthropology.  Participating artists include: Hayati Mokhtar and Dain-Iskander Said, Malaysia; John Wynne, Canada/England; Edward Poitras, Canada; Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan, Sri Lanka; Tania Mouraud, France; Marianne Nicolson, Canada; Gu Xiong, Canada; Prabakar Visanath, Canada; Rosanna Raymond, England/Samoa; Ron Yunkaporta, Australia; Laura Wee Láy Láq, Canada.

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