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Tania Willard: dissimulation

Tania Willard Sovereign Sun

Tania Willard: dissimulation
September 15-November 5, 2017

This exhibition presents multidisciplinary work by artist/curator Tania Willard (Secwépemc Nation), alongside her collaborators Gabrielle Hill, Peter Morin, her family, home community and Secwépemc lands and territories. These three artists, and their relationships to land, make up the New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, often creating work at Willard’s BUSH Gallery, a residency space in Secwépemculecw, the territory of the Secwépemc Nation. BUSH Gallery acts as a conceptual space for land-based art and action led by Indigenous artists.

Willard operates within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as they relate to cultural arts and production, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Indigenous and other cultures.

Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, and her past curatorial projects include Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition, CUSTOM MADE (translation) at Kamloops Art Gallery, and select recent curatorial work includes: Nanitch: Historical BC Photography, Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun as well as LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017.

Public Programs

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 14, 6-7pm | Free Everyone Welcome
Join artist Tania Willard in a discussion of her highly collaborative practice, including BUSH Gallery, a residency space that is part of the Secwépemc Nation. 

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, September 14, 7-9pm | Free Everyone Welcome
Join us for the opening reception of dissimulation at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception, with artist in attendance. Beer sponsored by Steamworks. Cash bar available.  

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In the BAG Family Sundays - Sponsored by ABC Recycling
September 17: Exploring the Landscape; October 15: Silhouettes & Stencils
1-4pm, drop-in, all ages
Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. In September and October, learn about Tania Willard's exhibition dissimulation before making your very own work of art.

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Tea & Tour: Tuesday, September 19, 2-3:30pm | $7.50, 55 yrs+
Call 604-297-4422 to register | Barcode: 456205

Join gallery staff for a guided tour of dissimulation and finish the tour by settling into the Fireside Room for tea and treats. 

Image Credit: Tania Willard, Peter Morin, Jeneen Frei Njootli, New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Sovereign Sunshine (detail), photograms of cell phones with a supe7 (tail), 2016, photo: Aaron Leon