Current Exhibitions

Remediating Curtis

Stephen Foster

August 4 – September 16

Opens August 4 at 7:00 pm

At the turn of the last century, Edward Curtis travelled the North American continent taking photos of the disappearing lifestyle of indigenous cultures. While his photographs brought awareness to the settler community of this immense cultural loss, Curtis often staged his photos and portrayed his subjects in a culturally-inaccurate manner. Artist Stephen Foster, of mixed Haida and European heritage, used Curtis’ exaggerated body of work as a starting point to examine the colonial legacy entrenched in mass-media and North American popular culture. Foster has created an installation using video, sound and digital photo-montage to explore this topic.

Poetry Reading – Jordan Abel

To coincide with this exhibition, we will host a reading by noted Nisga’a poet, Jordan Abel. Abel’s latest book, Injun (Talonbooks, 2016) is a long poem composed of text from western novels published between 1840 and 1950. Abel found his text by searching the novels for the word “Injun” and reassembled and reconstructed the results into poetry. Among his many accomplishments, Abel recently won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for Injun. We are proud to say that Jordan currently resides in Robson with his wife Chelsea Novak.
Due to his recent success, Abel is not available for the opening of the exhibition as previously announced. Abel will read August 24 at 7:00 pm at the Kootenay Gallery. This event is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Class Act: Digital Arts & New Media Students

August 4 – September 16

Opening August 4 at 7 pm

The year-end show of the Digital Arts & New Media Program at Selkirk College featured exciting new work by students. The exhibition will feature selected digital 2-D images and a 3-d projection. While the world of digital technology may be foreign to some of you, these students are exploring the medium with passion.