RESIDENCIES

3RD POD RESIDENCY:
DARIUS KIAN & NATALIE ROBINSON

We would like to welcome our third Pod Residency: @dariuskian & @natart.acct !

Both Darius and Nat are sourcing images and heavily manipulating them with digital tools and then reforming them as oil painting. Their paintings will be shown in a show called Distortions on December 9th-14th at the JBG.


 
POD ARTIST RESIDENCIES

In the spirit of reconnection, instead of guest

residencies with artists from out of town, The James

Black Gallery will be hosting seven Pod Residencies

featuring local artists for 2021/2022 with funding

thanks to the City of Vancouver.

 

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Hue Nguyen &
Atheana Picha

October 2021

Hue Nguyen's artistic practice is multidisciplinary with a core focus on community engagement. Rooted in hyper-personal dialects of their experience as a non-binary, neurodivergent, first generation Vietnamese settler, they address the multiplicity of hyphenated identities and their existence within the structures of white supremacy while still acknowledging settler privilege. These personal experiences coexist with research based in numerous disciplines such as philosophy, quantum physics, and sociology to create work that encourages discourse beyond the art itself.

 

Atheana Picha's work is grounded in research into her culture's visual design language and history. Atheana does research by studying old Coast Salish items and tools, and by being out on the territory. Her ancestors learned their work from this land and water, so she has been working on doing the same. Atheana is inspired by the work of her Salish ancestors and relatives, and how they upheld their culture for future generations such as hers.

https://atheanapicha.bigcartel.com/

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Deepali Raiththa

August-September 2021

INCIPIENT

Deepali is a mixed media performance artist. Her pod includes herself and her unborn baby in the final trimester.
 

The labour of maternity has been invisible in the world of contemporary art; it's an initiative to instigate a conversation about motherhood and art. Ignored maternal bodies and stereotyped fears devaluing the maternal status are to be brought to light. My body as a site to reinvent the narrative thinking about being a "secret mother" and having an identity separate from my work - life brought me to question the same, and I decided to announce. This piece of work is an announcement of me being pregnant, proudly pregnant, an intentional exploration of visibility and of invisibility, of the stereotypical social filtration of my body image.

The exhibition revolves around the subject of maternity. Positioning a mother's expanding body and experiencing infants' movement as the performance within the womb. Is the mother responsible for the infant's performance, or does the infant makes the mother's body perform, a replication of feeling that an infant might experience in the womb and a mother feels in society? A reflection/projection of Navras (According to Indian Sanskrit literature, represents nine human emotions.) on the extended/exaggerated womb-like form attached with the performer's pregnant belly blurs the edges inside out, unifying with the surroundings.

Deepali Raiththa “The Secret Mother”
Dhruv Adhia “The Proud Father” 
Rosalina Libertad “A Happy Friend”

https://deepaliraiththa.com/

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