dialogue with the Arts... Resilience and Conciliation

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dialogue with the Arts... Resilience and Conciliation

Time: November 27, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Mahon Hall
Event Type: public, presentation, by, the, ssi, arts, council
Organized By: Greg Klassen and the SSI Arts Council
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2016

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Dialogue with the Arts:

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7PM the Salt Spring Arts Council will host Sandra Semchuk, photo-based artist from Emily Carr University, at Mahon Hall. All are invited.

DwtA is a new speaker series designed to stimulate discussion in and about the arts and their relevance to us in contemporary society. Each speaker is invited to interact with our island community by presenting their views on a subject close to them and engaging with participants in an in-depth discussion on the topic. to further this discussion, each session is allotted up to two hours - far longer than average artist talks. The ultimate goal of the series is to stimulate active engagement in the arts and for all of us to walk away from the evening wanting to know more, to engage further, to think deeper about art and its relationship to our every-day existence.

This Attendance is free (though donations to the program are always welcome). She will be talking to us on the topic of: Resilience and Conciliation

Sandra - only our third speaker in this series - has, I believe, a great deal to say to us about the social context of contemporary art. But then I’m biased. As one of her graduate students at Emily Carr University, I learned a great deal from her in terms of the formal aspects of art, methodology, context, structure etc., but I learned far more about personal investment, about the personal costs involved in pursuing art and the social impact and relevance that our art can have. CAN have. All too often we tend to see art as backdrop, as pretty pictures on the wall and not - as I think we should - as an integral part of who we are and what we do in this life, as individuals and, collectively, as societies. It is a sense of this investment, this dedication to ideas, ideals and our fellow beings that Sandra brings to her art and to her interaction with those around her. It is this sense of the importance of art in our lives that I want her to share with us this Sunday.

Sandra was born in 1948 in Saskatchewan. She has a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has deep ties with the Ukrainian community as seen in her recent work. Sandra was awarded a grant from 2008-2015 from the Canada First World War Internment Fund to complete her book on Ukrainian's in Canada "The Stories Were Not Told: Stories and Photographs from Canada's First Internment Camps, 1914-1920”. Sandra Semchuk is a storyteller, photographer and video artist who often works collaboratively using the familial, autobiography, and dialogue across generations, cultures and species. She worked collaboratively with her late husband, James Nicholas, Cree actor and orator, to consider potential conciliations within the self and between the indigenous and non-indigenous. Their dialogue was grounded in experience in the primary knowledges of place land, flora and fauna and weather and in human stories. The more-than- human was always the larger context. In her most recent stereographic video poems she collaborates with songscape composer and singer, Jerry DesVoignes to resuscitate familial connections with the more-than-human---the tree and the forest. She wishes to immerse the audience in the reciprocity between tree, sound and self; the conversation is one of presence, sound vibrations and awareness. Sandra teaches at Emily Carr University.

Sandra is the only person I know personally with her own Wikipedia entry. Greg Klassen


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August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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