Ten Thousand Suns
SWARM event: September 12, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition dates: September 13-October 26
Artists: Rebecca Belmore, Tanya Tagaq, Luke Parnell, Guadalupe Martinez, Abbas Akhavan, Jamie Look, Ali Ahadi, Erin Siddall, Carlos Colín and Brianne Nord-Stewart
Curated by: Jeremy Jaud
Satellite Gallery presents Ten Thousand Suns, a new group exhibition that features works in sculpture, audio, video and performance by Rebecca Belmore, Tanya Tagaq, Luke Parnell, Guadalupe Martinez, Abbas Akhavan, Jamie Look, Ali Ahadi, Erin Siddall, Carlos Colín and Brianne Nord-Stewart. These artists investigate our past and present relationships to resource extraction, the body and land.
The location of the exhibition in downtown Vancouver—a global resource exploration hub, major international port and un-ceded First Nations territory—is home to some 1,200 junior mining exploration companies that operate globally. Coal alone accounts for almost 40% of the total volume of goods moved through the Port of Vancouver. At present only three land-claim agreements have been ratified in all of British Columbia.
The exhibition brings together contemporary artists from British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Argentina, Iran and Mexico. Exploring effacement, memory and remembering this exhibition will consider the layered interconnections of policy with respect to resource-based development projects in Canada and globally, modern technology and artistic practice.
Ten Thousand Suns is curated by Jeremy Jaud, a UBC Critical and Curatorial Studies MA Candidate. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, the Killy Foundation, Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia, and Satellite Gallery.
560 Seymour St, 2nd Floor