Arahmaiani: Breaking Words

Sunday, March 17, 2019,
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 17 from 3:00PM - 5:00 PM, Open Space presents Arahmaiani's performance "Breaking Words."

Arahmaiani is an Indonesia-based artist whose research and practice has shaped contemporary artistic production in Southeast Asia. While her work incorporates various media such as painting, video, dance and installation, she is primarily known for her performance work that addresses the impact of imperialism and industrialization on current political conditions. For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been in environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects. Combining political criticism, spirituality, and identity, Arahmaiani has defined herself as a prolific artist and activist.

Born 1951. Willem Wilhelmus is a helsinki based dutch performance artist and created over 40 performances in Finland, France, Germany, Estonia, Quebec, Indonesia, Sweden and Spain. 

Saul Garcia-Lopez is a performance artist, radical director and a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and artistic director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978.

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Gwich’in artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate collective. In 2012, she graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts after working as a Curatorial Assistant for Rita Wong’s Downstream: Reimagining Water project.


Officially Bilingual/Officiellement bilingue 2

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2:30 pm to Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10:00 pm

Echenberg and Thomas performances: Friday, February 28, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
Babin and Zapf performances: Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel Echenberg artist's talk: Wednesday, February 26, 2:30 p.m., Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Young Building Room 216 
Rachel Echenberg and Sylvette Babin, two of Quebec’s acclaimed performance artists, join local artists Serina Zapf and Will Thomas for Officially Bilingual, a weekend of performance art—a particular visual art practice, distinct from theatre or dance.

Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written and co-written twenty-one plays, includingChile Con CarneThe TriggerThe Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box.


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