Duane Isaac, Untitled, 2020, inkjet print. Courtesy the Artist.

Duane Isaac, Untitled, 2020, inkjet print. Courtesy the Artist.

Artist Talk

Sovereignty: Open House + A Conversation Between Artist and Curator

Join SUM gallery for a cinq a sept open house of refreshments and a screened discussion between photographer and mask-maker Duane Isaac and curator SD Holman where they will be discussing the Sovereignty exhibition at length, providing valuable insight into its themes as well as their respective practices as queer photographers. A casual event, guests are encouraged to stop through SUM gallery as well as our neighboring galleries in the Sun Wah Centre building, including Canton-Sardine’s opening exhibit.

The event is an in person screening, to be uploaded online at a later date.

The following protocols will be in place for all SUM gallery visitors: mandatory mask-wearing, use of hand sanitizer and encouraging distancing. At this time, events at the gallery are by appointment or advance registration only and require presentation of vaccine passports


Duane Isaac is a First Nation Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, QC. He is a contemporary artist who uses the photography medium in combination with his mask making. His work has been featured in multiple online publications, most recently Canadian Art Magazine. He currently resides in Listuguj, QC.

SD Holman (born 1963, Hollywood, California) is an award-winning artist and curator whose work has toured internationally. An ECUAD graduate in 1990, Holman was picked up by the Vancouver Association for Non-commercial Culture (the NON) right out of art school. Holman was appointed Artistic Director of Pride in Art in 2008 and spearheaded the founding of the Queer Arts Festival, now recognized among the top 2 of its kind worldwide, and SUM, Canada’s only queer-mandated transdisciplinary gallery. Holman has programmed artists notably including Kent Monkman, Cris Derksen, Jeremy Dutcher, Paul Wong, Angela Grossmann and Dana Claxton. Curatorial highlights include TRIGGER, the 25th anniversary exhibition for Kiss & Tell notorious Drawing the Line project, Adrian Stimson’s solo show Naked Napi, and Paul Wong’s monumental multi-curator Through the Trapdoor underground storage locker exhibition. Some of SD Holman’s other experience running art spaces included founding and running Studio Q the notorious Art Salon in Vancouver’s DTES Chinatown as noted in Secrets of the City 1st edition. A laureate of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards, Holman is known for engagement with themes of sex, death and identity. Holman’s work has exhibited at Wellesley College, the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, On Main Gallery, The Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, Gallery Gachet, the Roundhouse, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Artropolis, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver). Holman’s portrait project BUTCH: Not like the other girls toured North America and is in its second print edition, distributed by Caitlin Press, Dagger Editions.



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