Graeme Wahn, Flow, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
MFA Graduating Exhibition 2019: Currents
September 5 - 21, 2019
Presenting interdisciplinary projects by artists Minahil Bukhari, Graeme Wahn and Amy Wilson, Currents offers unique insight into the practices of three MFA candidates working in the visual arts. These projects combine distinct practices and process-based research that span installation, performance, photography, and drawing.
Minahil Bukhari's I am her, she is me (2019) is an installation that analyzes the biases and violence of archival systems found in patrilineal descent while offering critical insights into her own family history of gendered injustice. The scope of Bukhari's work operates within the parameters of political minimalism and offers an opportunity for a visual dialogue with its viewers.
Graeme Wahn's Revealers (2019) is a collection of recent photographs, painted works, sculptural objects, and drawings. Rooted in the idea of photographic exposure, each work separately examines how light interacts with thresholds, forms impressions, and gives shape to multiple and diverse visual worlds. Rather than considering the transference of light as having any kind of processual resolution, these works are formed under the leitmotif that light is a field and, as such, is constantly active — before, during, and after images are formed. What necessitates an image and in what ways can the logic of the camera be projected towards other conventions of image-making?
In a time of ecological collapse, Amy Wilson's Edgelands (2019) considers the potentialities of making, speaking, mourning, caring, and growing with beings and forces that are other-than-human. By merging propositional and lived modes of making and care, Edgelands asks how such articulations can engage with ethics of care. Working with soil communities from the northwestern coasts of Scotland and Canada, Wilson's research focuses on the life-ways of plants and the vegetative microorganism mycelium indigenous to these regions. As rhythms of human and nonhuman construction enfold, so too do landscapes, weaving together care practices within and across species, lands and timescapes.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work within the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
The exhibition of a graduating project represents the culmination of a candidate's studies, and is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Presented with the School for Contemporary Arts at SFU.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7 – 9pm
Performance: Edgelands with Amy Wilson
This series of actions are comprised of care-taking gestures — moulding, binding, singing, weaving, watering, feeding, aerating, retreating, rending, mulching, and burying — that will unfold in the gallery space over the duration of the exhibition. The public is invited to bear witness to these acts on a drop-in basis.