Eraser Street Talk

April 16th, 2015 by

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Visit grunt gallery on Saturday May 9 from 1–4pm for a roundtable on housing and photography in Vancouver. This talk occurs in relation to Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street, currently showing at grunt gallery.

Eraser Street – Hubris, Humility and Humanity in the Making of a City! is an exhibition that mixes Robideau’s newest and oldest photographs of moments, milestones and monuments in Vancouver, tracing the character of the city and its residents during the last 40 years of non-stop growth. The work reflects upon the quality of life in Vancouver, the value of heritage, the economic engine of development, homelessness and the voice of the people. Robideau’s holographic satirical text charts history while critiquing the forces of government and commerce that have had a hand in shaping our urban environment.

Participants in the roundtable include Audrey Siegl, Wendy Pedersen, Lorna Brown, Eugene McCann, Jeff Derksen, Henri Robideau and Clint Burnham. The event will be facilitated by Clint Burnham and is free to the public.

Read the exhibition essay:
Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession
Written by Clint Burnham
http://bit.ly/1J4LCLw

——- Bios: ——-

AUDREY SIEGL (sχłemtəna:t in her ancestral name) is a Musqueam activist. She ran as a candidate for Vancouver city council for COPE in the November, 2014 municipal elections, and was active in supporting the Oppenheimer Park tent city. She lives on traditional Musqueam territory at the mouth of the Fraser River and works with the language and cultural department to revitalize the hən̓q̓əmin̓language. Siegl was also active in the Idle No More movement and in organizing the protection of the c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden) in 2012.

WENDY PEDERSEN is a well-known community organizer who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for more than twenty years. Formerly involved in the Carnegie Community Action Project, she has been part of protests and organizing of residents around the Pidgin restaurant, the Chinatown Height restrictions, DTES gentrification, the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan (DLAP), and in support of the Oppenheimer Park tent city.

LORNA BROWN is a Vancouver artist and curator who has been producing work for the past 30 years. Active in the Association for Non-Commercial Culture in the 1980s and ‘90s, she was curator of Artspeak from 1999 to 2004. Her curatorial projects include Set Project, a series of exhibitions, performances, and events focusing on rehearsal and re-enactment in contemporary culture, and she was the project curator for Group Search: art in the library, a series of site-specific artists’ projects in the spaces and systems of the Vancouver Public Library (2006-2008). Brown’s art has been exhibited and collected locally and nationally, and since 2009 she has been on the board of Other Sights, a public art initiative, for whom she co-curated (with Clint Burnham) the Digital Natives project in 2011.

EUGENE MCCANN is an associate professor in the Geography Department at SFU. His research interests focus on urban drug policy, urban policy mobilities, urban development and urban politics, and the relationships between urbanization and globalization. Recent and forthcoming publications include Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction (co-ed. with Jonas, A. E. G., & Thomas, M, Wiley-Blackwell), and, with Miewald, C., “Foodscapes and the Geographies of Poverty: Sustenance, Strategy, and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood” (Antipode, Vol 46, Issue 2).

JEFF DERKSEN is an associate professor in the English Department at SFU. His areas of special interest are national cultures and the role of the state in the era of globalization; cultural imperialism and the politics of aesthetics; the poetry and poetics of globalized cities; the emergent global cultural front; culture and gentrification in global-urban spaces; architecture and urbanism; cultural poetics, cultural studies, and cultural geography. Recent publications include The Vestiges (Talonbooks) and After Euphoria (JRP Ringier/ECUAD).

HENRI ROBIDEAU (henrirobideau.com) is a Vancouver artist and photographer who has been exhibiting locally, nationally, and internationally since 1970. His work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Comox, Kelowna, Quebec, York (UK), Washington, Paris, and Mexico City, and is in collections in Houston (Museum of Fine Arts), Ottawa (National Gallery), Seattle (Seattle Art Commission), Surrey (Surrey Art Gallery), Vancouver (Vancouver Art Gallery), and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others.

CLINT BURNHAM teaches in the English Department at Simon Fraser University and has written the catalogue essay “Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession,” which accompanies this exhibition. He is presently writing books on Slavoj Žižek and digital culture and on Fredric Jameson and Wolf of Wall Street. His essays on art have recently been published by the Kunsthalle Wien and on momus.ca. In the winter of 2014-15 he completed a residency with the Urban Subjects collective in Vienna.

——- Exhibition Essay: ——-
Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession
Written by Clint Burnham
http://bit.ly/1J4LCLw

——- Exhibition Info: ——
https://www.facebook.com/events/1018115858216994/

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