Past Exhibitions

NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim
Marianne Nicolson
The House of the Ghosts

October 4, 2008 to January 11, 2009



Marianne Nicolson
The House of The Ghosts, 2008
drawing, projection
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Marianne Nicolson, a member of the Dzawada’enuxw Tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, first came to prominence in 1998 when she scaled a vertical rock face in Kingcome Inlet to paint a 28 x 38-foot pictograph—the first in the inlet for over sixty years—to mark the continued vitality of her ancestral village of Gwa’yi. In a similarly monumental gesture, Nicolson’s site-specific project The House of the Ghosts imaginatively transforms the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery into a Northwest Coast ceremonial house. Using high-powered lighting, Nicolson will project the vision of a house front and totem poles onto the Gallery façade from dusk to dawn every night. By altering the Gallery in this way, the building itself becomes a site of cultural exchange, emphasizing its importance as a transformative space while wryly commenting on its historic role as a courthouse and jail where, decades ago, First Nations peoples were punished for defying the government’s Potlach ban. Nicolson sees this work as a positive and symbolic reassertion of a culture in a place where it was once forbidden, in a gesture that speaks to the vibrancy of Kwakwaka’wakw culture and the need to sustain it.

The House of the Ghosts is a site-specific artwork illuminating the Georgia Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery from dusk to dawn every night.

This site-specific project is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director. It is generously supported by the Audain Foundation.


PRESENTING SPONSOR:
The Audain Fondation

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