Colleen Brown, Chenille (detail), 2022. Courtesy of the Artist.

Colleen Brown, Chenille (detail), 2022. Courtesy of the Artist.

Artist Talk | Colleen Brown, Elizabeth Zvonar and Jamie Hilder


In person at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
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As part of the exhibition Aporia (Notes to a Medium), exhibiting artists Colleen Brown and Elizabeth Zvonar are in conversation with artist and writer Jamie Hilder. Having previously written intimately about Brown and Zvonar’s work, Hilder will moderate a discussion on the themes of uncertainty and doubt in their practices, as well as how memory and future predictions are interwoven throughout their work.

This talk will be audio-recorded; email the gallery at [email protected] if you are interested in listening to the recording following the event.

Aporia (Notes to a Medium) considers how history, mythology, and wishful thinking entwine across media and through mediums. In this moment where faith in media, government, and institutions is further collapsing, where binarization is on the rise, where expressions of doubt are tactical, this exhibition includes artists’ works that contend with systems of belief and perception to trouble truth’s material (and immaterial) forms. Holding space for doubt – a space of critical reflection that contains multiple truths or exposes the limits of truth – is a strength of contemporary art. Doubt is part of nuanced thinking, and ambiguity may be fertile ground for possibility and otherwise thinking. But Janus-faced doubt is also a tactic. From the Greek word aporos, the exhibition’s title engages the paradoxical or impassable. This impasse functions as an expression of real or pretend uncertainty, something the works in the exhibition collectively query and channel.

Aporia (Notes to a Medium) is curated by Melanie O’Brian and made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Belkin Curator’s Forum members. This exhibition includes work by Colleen Brown, Azza El Siddique, Dani Gal, Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey, Mark Lewis, Jenine Marsh, Jalal Toufic, and Elizabeth Zvonar.

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