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Rodney Graham

Vexation Island

25 June—15 August 1999

A recent acquisition to the Belkin Gallery, Vexation Island is a 10-minute loop, shot on 35mm, edited on video and presented on laser disc. The “Robinson Crusoe” scenario invokes multi-layered readings from issues of colonialism to the impasse of modernist skepticism. In addition to a continuous screening, presented is a small selection of archival material from the production of Vexation Island.

Exhibited at the 1997 Venice Biennale, Vexation Island was filmed in the Caribbean, tourist paradise and point of first contact between Europe and the ‘New’ World.

Vexation Island was purchased with the financial support of the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, Belkin Gallery Endowment for Acquisitions, and the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689