Artist Tour with Skeena Reece

Artist Tour with Skeena Reece

Saturday, July 20th

Belkin Art Gallery

Join us for a special tour of the exhibition Surrounded: Skeena Reece, guided by the artist. Admission is free of charge. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the tour.

About the exhibition:

Surrounded: Skeena Reece
Last year, the Belkin Art Gallery was delighted to acquire The Time It Takes (2017), the adult-sized cradleboard artwork by Skeena Reece, for our permanent collection. At that time, Reece said that she had always wanted to work with the cradleboard to create a series of photographs that would document her wrapping specific people in the moss bag.

As Reece describes it, “The bag is a place to rest for a moment, evoking a feeling of longing, not a feeling of loss. Being wrapped gives a calming feeling that elicits hope for the future, and is a way to hold people up.” The artwork began as a performance for The Fraud That Goes Under the Name of Love, a group exhibition at the SFU Audain Gallery in Vancouver in 2016. It was later performed at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal for the group show Piriti: Scène contemporaine autochtonein 2017. The piece evolved into an installation for Oboro, Montreal (2017) and Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2018) respectively.

In May 2019, the Belkin was happy to support Reece’s idea to spend time with the people she invited to be wrapped, working with photographer Rachel Topham and videographer Peter Hagge to produce the photo series The Medicine Bag: Your Body (2019). Video documentation of the wrapping process, new video works Hold Me (2018), Hold This (2019) and Vignettes (2019) will be shown alongside Touch Me (2013).

Image (above): Skeena Reece, I Still Know, 2019. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.


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