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Tania Willard: dissimulation

 Tania Willard

Tania Willard: dissimulation
September 15 - November 5, 2017 

The Burnaby Art Gallery is excited to present 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 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
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. The exhibition opening will follow the artist talk.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, September 14, 7-9pm - FREE
Join us for the opening reception of dissimulation. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception in the Fireside Room. Artist will be in attendance. Cash bar available. Beer kindly sponsored by Steamworks Brewing. 

In the BAG: Family Sundays: September 17 and October 15 - FREE
Sundays, 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. A different project is featured each month. Each program begins on the hour and half hour mark with the last program at 3:30pm. Sponsored by ABC Recycling. 

Themes:
September 17: Exploring the Landscape | Tania Willard: dissimulation
October 15: Silhouettes & Stencils | Tania Willard: dissimulation

Tea & Tour (55 yrs+): Tuesday, September 19, 2-3:30pm 
$7.50 | Barcode: 456205 | Call to register
Join the gallery staff for a guided tour of Tania Willard's exhibition and finish the tour by settling into the Fireside Room for tea and treats.

Culture Days at the BAG - FREE

Deer Lake Plant Walk with Cease Wyss: October 1, 10-11:30am
Registration recommended. Barcode: 457823

Join artist and Indigenous ethnobotanist T'uy'tanat Cease Wyss for a walk around Deer Lake Park where she will share knowledge of the plants in the park, including what is local, indigenous and concerns related to invasive plants. 

Sun Printing: October 1, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm
Registration recommended. Barcode: 457822

Sun prints or Cyanotypes are the result of a photographic printing process that produces a blue and white print. Start with a tour of Tania Willard’s exhibition dissimulation which investigates the collaborative process an artist has with the environment. Be inspired by the surrounding environment at Deer Lake to create your own sun print using the fall sky.

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