CODES OF SILENCE: Shirley Bruno, Aleesa Cohene, Caroline Monnet, Cauleen Smith
|Date:||Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 - Sunday, Apr 02, 2023
|Time:||Mon - Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat and Sun 12:00-5:00pm
|Place:||Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
|Price:||This Event is FREE
Codes of Silence expands from Zoë Chan’s curatorial research into hybrid documentary practices where the voice is foregrounded for the expression of untold stories, collective identities and political causes — often with a link to marginalized communities. In contrast, the elimination of the voice is often associated with censorship or suppression. The four artists in this group exhibition radically overturn this illusory binary. Representing a range of aesthetics and approaches, each video features voices that are muted, obscured, withheld or unexplained in ways that cultivate quietness, interiority, intimacy and community.
In her poetic retelling of a popular Haitian legend, Shirley Bruno’s "Tezen" portrays the daily rhythms of a rural family while teasing out elements of a young woman’s coming of age. Aleesa Cohene’s "Kathy" is a haunting montage of character actor Kathy Bates’s performances, depicting the reductive roles often offered to women and queer people. Caroline Monnet’s "Creatura Dada" imagines a lavish feast held in honour of renowned filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin, as she is fêted by the next generation of Indigenous women artists. Cauleen Smith’s meditative video "Black and Blue Over You (After Bas Jan Ader for Ishan)" shows the artist improvising a number of floral arrangements using only black, white and blue tones — the colours of bruising — in remembrance of the tragic death of a loved one.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 28.
Free admission. Everyone welcome to attend.
Image credit: Caroline Monnet, "Creatura Dada", 2016 (video still), Courtesy of the artist
This event is for All Ages.
This is an accessible site.
For More information
Richmond Art Gallery