Walk Ways at Arbutus Gallery

walk ways

Edward Westerhuis & Taryn Hubbard in collaboration with Carmen Papalia

This past spring Taryn Hubbard and Edward Westerhuis went on a walk each through Whalley/City Centre, in Surrey BC with Carmen Papalia. During these walks Carmen invited Taryn and Edward to explore these neighbourhoods non-visually (with eyes closed), and supported them as they navigated by sound, touch, smell, memory, and environmental design
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We finished our first year of collective programming

Crowd at Inside/Out

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Edge City Cultural Event Series

SOFIA/c’s first year of programming wrapped up on Aug. 23 at the end of its summer symposium, Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community.

Over the course of 18 months, in addition to the full-day artist symposium, we also held a poetry reading, film night, and a mobile text art piece. Check out the archive for details and photos of these events.

Stay tuned for our upcoming 2014/15 programming, which will explore the theme of Duality, in the weeks and months to come.

Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community

Inside/Out Symposium Aug. 23Our Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community. The afternoon will feature two discussions—“Intersections: Art Practice in Convergent Communities” and “Lessons Learned: A Survival Guide to Establishing an Artist Run Centre”—with panelists and moderators from throughout the Lower Mainland, including Lakshmi Gill, Cease Wyss, Hank Bull, Heidi Nagtegaal, Aaron Moran, and Harbhajan Gill!
SOFIA/c is grateful for financial support from the City of Surrey’s 2013/14 Cultural Grant Program, and to the Surrey Public Library for sponsorship on the space.
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Film night: navigating our shared identity


Join us for an evening of art, film, and discussion at Kwantlen Cloverdale campus on Mar. 7

The films of Lisa Jackson and Elaine Brière have consistently showcased some of the most challenging aspects of Canadian culture and identity. Jackson’s and Brière’s films open the narrow frame we as a society are commonly presented as our historical and cultural experience. Please join us for a evening of art and film that we anticipate will lead to an engaging question and answer period -where all attending will be able to contribute to a more diverse and coherent understanding of place. This event is hosted by the SOFIA collective, co-hosted by Kwantlen Fine Arts Department at the Cloverdale Campus (5500 180 Street, Surrey).
Date: March 7, 2014
Doors: 6:30pm. Films at 7 p.m. Licensed event.
Cost: free, but donations appreciated.
Let us know you are coming by join our Facebook event page.

Film Summaries

Lisa Jackson’s Gemini winning short film, “Savage,” employs historical sets, objects and wardrobe to transport the viewer to the 1940’s, where they are introduced to a young aboriginal girl on the first day she attends residential school. In the accompanied short, “The Overture,” a young aboriginal girl is cleaning a room as a phonograph is playing Italian opera. A European woman in the room translates the opera for the girl. The translation, much like the opera, hangs in the air as a powerful foreshadowing of the girl’s life. Elaine Brière’s, Hot Docs winner for best political documentary, “Bitter Paradise,” is a political journey of a Canadian photographer who goes from the small villages of East Timor to the halls of the United Nations in an effort to understand Canadian policies that had been for the past 30 years heavily supporting General Suharto. The work showcases a number of great interviews, including a young Noam Chomsky and Svend Robinson before they were household names.

Filmmaker Biographies

Lisa Jackson has a background in documentary filmmaking, which includes Suckerfish, Reservations Soldiers and How a People Live. She expanded into fiction with “Savage,” which won a Genie award for best short film. Her work has played at festivals internationally, aired on CBC, CTV, TMN, Knowledge Network, and SCN. In 2011, she made the beautiful and touching Canadian Film Centre short “Parkdale”. She is currently working on fiction and documentary projects, including writing her first TV script for a teen supernatural series.
Elaine Brière photographs have appeared in countless magazines, books and exhibitions in Japan, Germany Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Her broadcast work has aired on National public television in New Zealand, Switzerland and across Canada and the US. She has reserved grants from Borja du Costa Foundation, Koerener and Bronfman Foundation and a number of Canada Council grants. Her film, Bitter Paradise, won Hot Doc Best Political Documentary in 1997 and her documentary, Betrayed, aired on Knowledge Network and SCN in 2005. She is currently working on her documentary called Dangerous Hope: The Struggle for a Democracy in Haiti.

Stay social with SOFIA/c

We Are Coming, Surrey

The South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective has had a busy week! We talked governance and the role of the artist collective over icy frappes, and got excited for the fall, which is when we  host our first event, Verse on the Edge: Poets in Conversation. Collective member Edward Westerhuis is putting the final touches on a stunning three-part poster series for this event. Stay tuned for that next week.

And, we are finally on Twitter and Facebook! So, check out our tweets at @sofiacollective and our posts and event invites at sofiacollective.

Also in the works is a night to meet people in the Surrey/Fraser Valley area who may be interested in getting involved with us. If this describes you, email us and we will keep you in the loop on dates and times.