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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In review: Navigating our Shared Canadian Identity film night

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Thank you to everyone who came out our first film night. We were so pleased to have a room full of people interested in film exploring the shared Canadian identity.
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 was hosted by the SOFIA collective, co-hosted by Kwantlen Fine Arts Department at the Cloverdale Campus (5500 180 Street, Surrey). The films were curated by Surrey-based artist A.S. Dhillon.

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Filmmaker Elaine Brière at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Bitter Paradise: the Sell-out of East Timor filmmaker Elaine Brière.

A.S. Dhillon and Elaine Brière

Film night curator A.S. Dhillon. and filmmaker Elaine Brière.

Photos by Edward Westerhuis.

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.

Film night: navigating our shared identity

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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.

VERSE on the EDGE :: Podcast and Video

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We are proud to be sharing a video and podcast from our last poetry reading, VERSE on the EDGE. Tune in to the podcast to listen to works from local poets Taryn Hubbard and Cecily Nicholson.

Download, embed and subscribe to the South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective podcast on Podomatic or find us on the iTunes Store.

See photos from the event!

In Review: SOFIA/c Inaugural Event

Verse on the Edge: An Evening of Firsts

verse-on-the-edge1 Last Friday, SOFIA/c kicked off its first event with a poetry reading at the Newton Cultural Centre. On a dark and rainy night, we had a full house of friends, family, and community members. It was exciting and humbling to see so much warmth and support for our first event.

Readers Cecily Nicholson and Taryn Hubbard each shared their work, as well as Phinder Dulai who gave a special poetry reading in replace of Wanda John-Kehwin who couldn’t make it. The audience got a first listen of Dulai’s latest work. Our inaugural event was a great success, and a promising start to this budding artist collective.

 Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of the City of Surrey’s Cultural Grant program, as well as the generosity of the Surrey Arts Council for its support of the venue.

Special Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers Jane Cleary-Dulai for baking the most delicious chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and Natasha Cleary-Dulai and Nadya Cleary-Dulai for staffing the book table.

Please check out our photos below taken by collective member Matt Smith. Video by Edward Westerhuis to come.

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Phinder Dulai introduces the evening and welcomes the community to the event.

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Taryn Hubbard reads work from her project on Surrey City Centre.

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Cecily Nicholson reads from her book Triage.

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Edward Westerhuis working on the Verse on the Edge video. Coming soon!

Upcoming

So on to our next efforts: film night, art installation project, and summer symposium.

 

 

Artist’s Talk at the Surrey Art Gallery this Saturday

Sarindar Dhaliwal speaks about her experience living between three countries, the legacies of partition, and her artistic practice
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Free (donations gratefully accepted)

followed by an opening reception 7:30 – 9:30pm (formal remarks 7:45pm)

Join Toronto-based artist Sarindar Dhaliwal for an illustrated talk on her experience living between three countries, the legacies of partition, and her artistic practice. She addresses the autobiographical underpinnings of much of her work, focusing on the examination of childhood dissonance located in an immigrant experience and in a distant past. The artist will also discuss her interest in the notion of life after death as represented in the ethereal collection of life knowledge known as the akashic library, and how this informs her most recent body of work about the cartographer who was charged with geographically dividing India to create the nation of Pakistan in 1947.

Please note: Another event is taking place here on the same evening. We encourage you to arrive a little early, to have enough time to park.

About Sarindar Dhaliwal’s work in Narratives from the Beyond

The experience of migration affects not only how we remember our culture, but also how we recreate it in our new country. The process of relocating to a new homeland can influence our interpretation of symbols, and have a powerful impact on how we form and adapt our identities. The Surrey Art Gallery exhibition Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from Beyond explores questions about culture and memory in both personal and provocative ways. Featuring selections from ten years of photography, sculpture, textile, and video, this survey showcases one of Canada’s most accomplished South Asian artists.

Drawing from childhood memory, global history, and the real and imagined, the world revealed in Sarindar Dhaliwal’s mixed-media art presents riveting meditations on beauty, identity, exile, and home. This exhibition traces the artist’s experiences in India (where she was born), Britain (where she was raised and educated), and Canada (where she has lived and worked for close to three decades). The complex and often hidden traumas of the partition between India and Pakistan are symbolized in Dhaliwal’s map of these two countries formed from marigold flowers that appear as though on fire. The joys and traumas of childhood are infused in the artist’s giant handmade fairy tale books and large-scale, meticulously arranged coloured pencil collections. The world of sport returns again and again, as in the delicately embroidered cricket leg pad framed within an ornate marble window. Together, these artworks and others by this Toronto-based artist present a sumptuous cartography of place and experience that spans the globe while uniting the personal with the universal.

This event and the opening reception are presented in conjunction with the exhibitions: Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from the Beyond
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