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UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2018

Aileen Bahmanipour, Christopher Lacroix, Cameron McLellan, Candice Okada, Madiha Sikander

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present Postscript, an exhibition of work by the 2018 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Aileen Bahmanipour, Christopher Lacroix, Cameron McLellan, Candice Okada, and Madiha Sikander. This program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is limited each year to a small group of four to six artists, who over the two years foster different sensibilities developed within an intimate and discursive working environment.

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Beginning with the Seventies
Radial Change

Drawn from the title of a dance work by Helen Goodwin, the exhibition Radial Change addresses bodies: what they can do and what they can signify. Through film and photography, Evann Siebens and Michael de Courcy explore the specific histories of Goodwin’s choreography and her influence on the interdisciplinary art scene of the 1970s. Film, video and photography expose the action of bodies and their social meaning in different ways at different moments in time. Including works from the Belkin’s collection that perform alter-egos and overturn gender constructs, bodily identities are explored as mutable, malleable and caught in motion.

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Beginning with the Seventies
Activism, Art & Archives

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Beginning with the Seventies: Activism, Art & Archives, an ongoing project investigating the 1970s, an era in which social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization. Many non-profit organizations formed in Vancouver to provide direct assistance, engender and distribute new knowledge, and resist forms of oppression, thereby creating a network that overlapped with the production of art and culture. The history of these organizations and their founders is preserved across archives, collections and networks; these resources vary in terms of public accessibility and are not well known to younger producers. We speculate: what if these archival materials are examined through an interdisciplinary lens that includes art and cultural practices?

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