Tuesday, December 5th from 6-8pm

Where: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Tickets: This Event is free and open to the public (no tickets)

A roundtable discussion about the visual culture of the region.
Speakers: Tania Willard and Harold Rhenish


Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production.Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard’ curatorial work includes co-curating Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011 and Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology with Karen Duffek. Recent curated exhibitions include selection as one of a team of National curators for LandMarks2017/Repéres2017 commissioning artists in National Parks and Historic sites in 2017. Solo artist exhibitions include Claiming Space at Kamloops Art Gallery (2008) and Dissimulation at Burnaby Art Gallery (current-Nov. 2017). Touring (until 2019) artist projects include #callresponse a centreing of Indigenous women’s practices in reference to reconciliation. Her work is in national and local collections and her recent body of work as a Masters student explores Secwepemc anthropology collections in museums querying intuition, creative and Indigenous ways of knowing within the archive. Willard’s collaborative art projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists.

Harold Rhenisch was raised in the Similkameen Valley and has written thirty books from the Southern Interior since 1974. He won the George Ryga Prize in 2008 for The Wolves at Evelyn. His other grasslands books are the Cariboo meditation Tom Thompson’s Shack (1999) and the orchard memoir, Out of the Interior. He has worked closely with photographer Chris Harris on four large-format books on B.C. grasslands and volcanoesand writes the blog Okanagan-Okanogan: one country without borders. For seven years, he has toured the Pacific Northwest while working on Commonage, a history of the Okanagan Valley’s formative cultural contradictions set in their American context. He has extensively documented narratives of power and powerlessness in the colloquial street art of the North and Central Okanagan, and the indigenous roots of German, English and Old Norse in Iceland, Germany and Switzerland. His The Art of Haying: A Journey to Iceland (2015) is a meditation on the role of the book after the age of the book. In 2015, he was inaugural writer in residence at the Okanagan Regional Library. He works as a book editor out of his home in Priest Valley.

Image: Sovereign Sun (series) 2015 photo emulsion on paper and Indigenous land absorbing the sun and promising a future of self-determination collaboration by artists’ of BUSH gallery