Pacific Crossings: On Attachments and Unknowns

@ 7:00pm

On Attachments and Unknowns
Talk by Erin Gleeson

Luxe Hall

This presentation by independent curator and writer Erin Gleeson will touch on how contemporary art practices in Cambodia enact a politics of memory, inheritance, and tradition. Part of a series of engagements with Pacific Region art communities, the evening opens a discussion to touch on the lasting impact of colonization, and contemporary tourism in South East Asia, responding to how these processes inform a continuity of artistic exchange.

Presented as part of Pacific Crossings, in collaboration with Artspeak and the Richmond Art Gallery.


Erin Gleeson is a curator focusing on contemporary art in Cambodia. She is the co-founding artistic director of SA SA BASSAC in Phnom Penh, a non-profit exhibition space, reading room, and resource centre dedicated to facilitating, mediating, and archiving contemporary art projects and dialogues in and from Cambodia. She is currently Artistic Director and Curator of Elevations Laos, and has produced numerous international exhibitions in Asia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. Recent projects include Season of Cambodia visual arts residency and the public program IN RESIDENCE, NYC; the exhibition and book Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology/ Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodia ifa, Germany; and the 4th Singapore Biennale. She was a nominee for the 2012 ICI Independent Vision Award and the recipient of a 2013 Foundation for Arts Initiatives travel grant.

Pacific Crossings is a conversation and public presentation series that draws participants from across the ocean. This collaborative project works to bring together perspectives in an evolving and dynamic exchange, instigating events and activities that can increase public awareness of the multitude of traditions, histories, and practices, offering potential routes for intersection to take place.

As a space that connects but is not determined by any one people or place, the Pacific Ocean is a fluid region. Our engagement through it imagines the alliances, meeting points or crossing of paths that can take place and where mutual influence, responsibility and care come to build and sustain a shared body of work and practices. Thinking both metaphorically and ecologically, the series will address the care and consideration that must emerge for long term healthy exchange, and the sharing in responsibility as much as resources.

Pacific Crossings takes place on the unceded Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. It is an ongoing series of events conceived of by Makiko Hara, Bopha Chhay (Artspeak), Allison Collins (Western Front), and Shaun Dacey (Richmond Art Gallery).

Other Events in the Pacific Crossings Series:

Nozomu Ogawa
Talk: Alternative Tokyo Art Scene – What’s going on? 
Saturday January 12, 2pm at Richmond Art Gallery

Ogawa will present the Tokyo alternative art scene and various unique art practices by the young and emerging artists. He will discuss Art Center Ongoing, the alternative art space/cafe in Kichijyoji, Tokyo that runs independent of public funding, hosting international artist in residence, bi-weekly exhibitions with public talks, workshops and live performances. He will also share TERATOTERA a year round public art project developed in collaboration with City of Tokyo and Art Council Tokyo.

Discussion: Alternative Asian Art Network – How do we survive? 
Tuesday January 15, 6pm at Artspeak
Sharing his experience of a recent three months intensive research trip to 83 art spaces in 9 countries in South East Asia, Ogawa will discuss the “collective” activities shared among many artists in South East Asia, where organic communities share resources and networking as pragmatic survival strategies within complex socio-political situations, lacking funding for the arts. Following the trip, Ogawa founded “Ongoing Collective”, with his colleague artists, curators, musicians for seeking a new economy and strategy for being alternative.