In a new commission for Offsite, Evann Siebens and Keith Doyle explore how the moving body, whether in solitude or en masse, can become a political act. Incorporating image and sculpture into a multimedia installation, Pedestrian Protest considers themes of gathering and protest along Georgia Street—a connective artery that runs through the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
Siebens collaborated with nearly 50 local dancers, visual artists and activists to create 24 media performances that reference a historical or recent protest. Each collaborator’s singular artistic voice combines with the others in a chorus of protest and gathering that maps our changing city. Doyle responds to this mapping through his sculptural intervention, referring to the precarious and temporary conditions of Vancouver’s constantly changing built environment.
Collaborating artists include: Margaret Dragu, Man Up Collective (Continental Breakfast, Mx Bukuru, Ponyboy and Vixen Von Flex), Harmonie Rose and romham pàdraig gallacher, Katie Cassady, Justine A. Chambers, Bevin Poole, Laura Crema and Seraphina Crema Black, Sophia Wolfe, Pride in Chinatown Parade Team (Tien Neo Eamas, Kara Juku, Natasha Neale and Paul Wong), Rita Wong and Stacy Gallagher, Kat Norris, Audrey Siegl, Sammy Chien, Eddy van Wyk, Lexi Mellish Mingo and Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Guadalupe Martinez, Arash Khakpour, Vanessa Goodman, Butterflies in Spirit (Tabatha Frank, Jacqueline Hanuse, Shawnee Monchalin, Billie Jeanne SinClair and Lorelei Williams), Immigrant Lessons (Joshua Cameron, Sevrin Emnacen-Boyd, Kevin Fraser, Sophia Gamboa, Hayden Pereira, Simran Sachar and Vanessa Yuen), Ralph Escamillan, and Tasha Faye Evans.
Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Bute Streets, just west of the Shangri–La Hotel. Directions »
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery on behalf of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program and curated by Diana Freundl Interim Chief Curator/Associate Director