Chantal Gibson Residency

Chantal Gibson Residency
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:00 pm to Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

From Thursday, February 14 through Wednesday, February 21, artist Chantal Gibson will be in residency at Open Space to present a series of events connected to How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire.
From January 14 - February 26, the University of Victoria's McPherson Library will host Chantal's mixed-media installation TOME. TOME is an imagined history book made from coffee and cotton. This book sculpture is a topographical landscape of memory imagined from a larger historical narrative about the African Diaspora. Challenging traditional ways of knowing, it is to be read with the senses. Situated amongst other historical and literary works, this book speaks to the creativity that emerges from the struggle for visibility and inclusion. Find it on the main floor of the library on the right-hand side. For more information.
Thursday, February 14 at 3:00pm Chantal will read from her forthcoming book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press), at the University of Victoria's McPherson Library - Mearns Centre for Learning. The reading will be held in the Special Collections, room A003.
Saturday, February 16 at 2:00pm Chantal Gibson will present an artist talk at Open Space. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion on confronting the romance of empire within arts and education insititutions. 
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30pm, Open Space will host the launch of Chantal Gibson's first book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press). The event will feature a reading by Gibson, and a conversation and special poetry performance with writer and Room magazine managing editor Chelene Knight. How She Read is a collection of genre-blurring poems about the representation of Black women, their hearts, minds and bodies, across the Canadian cultural imagination. 
“In this incendiary collection, How She Read, Chantal Gibson subverts and reconfigures language and education—the root of so much misinformation and racism—with style, fierceness, and sly subversion. Not only does this writing take control of the narrative, it burns the colonial gaze to the ground. This book is the most brilliant kind of backtalk.”—Wayde Compton, author of The Outer Harbour.
During her residency, Chantal will also be available in the gallery to meet with visitors, artists, and students and work on her collaborative work in progress Between Friends.
Chantal Gibson's gallery hours:

  • Friday, February 15 from 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, February 20 from 2-4pm. 

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 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.