The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.


Marjetica Potrc

Marjetica Potrc

Marjetica Potrc: The Making of New Territories and Communities

Audain Gallery, Vancouver
October 7 - December 18, 2010

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program will commence in fall 2010 with an exhibition of works by the Slovenian artist and architect Marjetica Potrc.

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence will work closely with Visual Art students in the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and the community in Vancouver. A schedule for a series of workshops hosted by the artist, as well as a public artist talk, will be released in September 2010.

Marjetica Potrc is best known for her on-site projects using participatory design, her drawing series and her architectural case studies. Her work focuses on new forms of social practices within urban changes, the issue of citizenship and community-based environmental projects. Potrc’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil (1996 and 2006) and the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003 and 2009). She has had solo shows at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2001), the Max Protetch Gallery in New York (2002 and 2005), and the Nordenhake Gallery in Berlin (2003 and 2007). Potrc has taught at numerous institutions in Europe and North America, including MIT (2005). In 2000, she received the prestigious Hugo Boss prize and was awarded a fellowship at the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School in New York (2007).

Curated by Sabine Bitter.


Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 6, 8pm

Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 6, 6pm

From the Streets
Guided walks in Vancouver with Am Johal, Michael Barnholden and Annabel Vaughan.
Friday, October 8, 10am 

New Territorializations
Panel Discussion with Marjetica Potrc., Nicholas Blomley, Geraldine Pratt and geography and visual art students.
Friday, October 15, 2pm

Screening: Comuna Under Construction (2010)
By Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler.
Tuesday, October 19, 6pm

Workshop: Methods and Practices
With Marjetica Potrc. and Visual Art students from the School for the Contemporary Arts.
Thursday, October 21, 2:30pm

Tirana, Bogota, Medellin: Designs for a New Citizenship
Screening of Anri Sala’s Dammi I Colori (2003) and a talk by Marjetica Potrc about her projects in Tirana, Bogota and Medellin.
Tuesday, October 26, 2:30pm

Exhibition Tours
Wednesday, November 3: With Denise Oleksijczuk for SFU Arts & Culture students.
Thursday, November 4: For Kwantlen University’s Professional Practices Class.
Tuesday, November 9: For SFU faculty and staff.
Wednesday, November 17: For councilors from various local high schools.