Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey, Covers (detail), 2023. Courtesy of the Artists. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey, Covers (detail), 2023. Courtesy of the Artists. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey


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Thursday, March 21 at 12:00 pm PST

As part of the exhibition, Aporia (Notes to a Medium) join the Belkin for an online talk with exhibiting artists Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey. The discussion will focus on ideas present in their work Covers (2023) as it deals with queering objects and sites in relation to the unknown explored through their practice. This talk will address their work and long-standing artistic collaboration, sharing thoughts on working together through commonalities and differences.

This talk will be recorded and made available online.

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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