Camosun College Performance Night 2018
This spring Open Space continues our long-standing engagement with Camosun College by presenting an evening of performance art by some of the graduating class. The 2018 Open Space Vertical Gallery Installation will be one-night only, featuring performances by Camosun College Visual Arts students Alyx Gallacher, Natalie Shaw, Selena Hashemi, and Liting Wang, and is guest curated by Nellie Lamb.
These performances address feminized practices, specifically the experiences of cleansing, beautifying, seeing one’s self and being seen. In Street Sweeper Gallacher strives to perfect the sidewalk in front of the gallery with household cleaning products as the audience gathers on their way into the space, rendering her efforts futile. Through her own discomfort as she wraps her body in twine limb-by-limb, Shaw’s Raveled asks the audience to confront their own feelings about viewing a female body. Wang’s Primp humorously comments on vanity and self-presentation while in Skincare Routine Hashemi challenges her own obsession with skin care by applying a facemask of chewed Hubba Bubba bubble gum to the skin she cares for so meticulously. Through absurdity and discomfort these performances address anxiety, humour, and pleasure in feminized everyday experiences.
Performances begin at 8PM.
Nellie Lamb is an MA candidate in the University of Victoria’s Art History and Visual Studies program and emerging curator. Her current research focuses on experiences of space and place in a 1964 NFB film, In Search of Innocence, which examines the lives and art of several of Vancouver’s artists, poets, and musicians. Her formative years spent in Vancouver where she was raised by and among artists have influenced her research interests, which include modern and contemporary art of Canada’s West Coast, artist communities, utopias, and memory.
Partners: Camosun College
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. Doors open at 7:30.