Ann Beam and Carl Beam, Spaces for Reading. Installation view at SFU Gallery, 2019. Photo: Blaine Campbell. 

Spaces for Reading: Mackenzie Ground Reading Group 

Wednesday, February 6, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Saturday, March 23,  1 - 2pm
SFU Gallery

SFU Gallery presents a reading group led by poet and SFU PhD candidate Mackenzie Ground that brings together conversations, responses and means of expression in relation to the SFU Gallery exhibition Ann Beam and Carl Beam: Spaces for Reading.

Spaces for Reading considers approaches to reading and seeing that abide by a sense of linearity while simultaneously dismantling it. Ann Beam's and Carl Beam's works incorporate points of connection and departure between them, encouraging readings that complicate and diverge from a clear trajectory. Through their combinations of image and text, questions of cosmology are broached alongside the ways in which history is constructed: in women’s labour, ecology and the colonial imaginary.

The first reading group on Wednesday, February 6 will review and discuss excerpts from Islands of Decolonial Love (2013) by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (2015) by Liz Howard.

A second reading group will convene Saturday, March 23 and will focus on a chapter from The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (2003) by Thomas King and Journeys, written and illustrated by Jeffrey Veregge, in Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection vol. 2 (2017).

Texts will be available at the gallery and will be read aloud collectively. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Muffins, coffee and tea will be provided.

Mackenzie Ground is a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta. She is currently a PhD student in the department of English at Simon Fraser University. Her writing has appeared in Glass Buffalo and The Capilano Review.


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Friday, March 1 / 6 - 9PM
SFU Gallery and Trottier Observatory 

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SFU Gallery