Deconstructing Comfort is an interdisciplinary arts exhibition presenting the work of seven contemporary Indigenous artists and artists of colour: Léuli Eshraghi, Jamelie Hassan, Syrus Marcus Ware, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Haruko Okano and Philip Kevin Paul.
Deconstructing Comfort is curated by Michelle Jacques, Doug Jarvis and France Trépanier. They have developed a process-based methodology to explore contemporary themes present in the Canadian body politic: decolonization and Indigenization; issues raised by Black Lives Matter; calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Islamophobia; unsettling settlers and Canada 150 celebrations. Together they engage in interrogating spaces of [dis]comfort to generate transformation and change. The curatorial strategy is to reveal the artistic and curatorial processes, inviting collaborations about the notions of space and time, ultimately questioning the xedness of the exhibition format.
The exhibition will be presented at Open Space in Victoria from September 8 to October 14, 2017. A public reception will take place on September 25 as part of the public program for the Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires Gathering.
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires (PC/Cp) is a three year initiative, which seeks to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system. PC/Cp also asserts that art practices by people of colour, that have roots around the world, play a critical role in any discussion that imagines Canada’s future(s). This initiative includes a major, multidisciplinary, trilingual - Lekwungen, French and English - gathering at the Songhees Wellness Centre, on Lekwungen territories, near Victoria BC.