13 Ways to Summon Ghosts
May 16th - September 1st, 2018
This summer, the Gordon Smith Gallery presents 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, guest-curated by Kimberly Phillips of the Contemporary Art Gallery. Participating artists are Abbas Akhavan, Brady Cranfield, Brenda Draney, Betty Goodwin, Vanessa Kwan, Lyse Lemieux, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Cindy Mochizuki, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Ryan Peter, Kathleen Ritter, Carol Sawyer, and Jin-me Yoon.
"This exhibition considers the work of 13 Canadian artists of diverse origins and experience for whom haunting, it might be argued, is an artistic strategy. Through works of sound, sculpture, installation, painting, garments, print and video, these artists alter our experience of being in time and challenge the ways we separate the past, present and future. The work of each of these artists is remarkable because like haunting, it produces 'a something to be done.' It demands our rapt attention, begs a reconsideration of presumed positions, calls up histories with which we are complicit, and makes matter of that which is otherwise invisible." - Kimberly Phillips.
13 Ways to Summon Ghosts is companioned by a 84-page publication featuring original poetic texts contributed by two of the artists, a lengthy essay by UBC literary scholar Adam Frank, and a foreword by the project curator. A robust program of outreach is planned, with exact dates to be confirmed. These will include two separate artist's talks featuring exhibiting artists in conversation, as well as a lecture by Lukin Linklater on the politics of haunting for Indigenous communities. Further programming includes children-led ghost story circles and making workshops facilitated by Cindy Mochizuki from May 5 to July 30, as well as the Gallery's regular guided public exhibition, school tours and Saturday programming throughout the summer. These activities, taken together, will allow audiences from numerous communities to both consider and contribute to the generative space that artists' hauntings open up
Jin-me Yoon, Other Hauntings: A Geography Beloved, 2017, Two-channel video