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.



2016

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Detail from “Space Fiction & the Archives,” 2012, Installation, Credit (Photo and courtesy of the artist).

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, “Challenge for Change / Société Nouvelle: Documents in Participatory Democracy,” 2014, video screenings, Credit (Ph

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
SCA Audain Visual Artist in Residence, Spring 2017

Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn as the SCA’s 2017 spring Audain Visual Artist in Residence. Nguyễn is a research-based artist currently living and working in Stockholm (Sweden). She uses a broad range of media while primarily relying on archival material to investigate issues of historicity, collectivity, utopian politics, and multiculturalism within the framework of feminist theories.

Together with the third-year visual art students, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn will develop counter-archives of vernacular images and micro-histories. The artist proposes theoretical and aesthetic reflections on the significance of the archive and its aporias. The aim of the workshops is to investigate the function of the archive and how it can be built from the bottom up to counter the conventional historical narratives of settler colonialism. In contrast to given, state-constructed narratives, the everyday migrants’ or aboriginals' story is disordered, uneven, and complicated. Various archival modalities will be experimented with including unorthodox approaches to classification, contested notions and forms of representations of citizenship, and knowledge production. Within the context of the classroom, Nguyễn hopes to tease out the role of the artist as an activist archivist, which theorist Mark Wigley describes as “one who designs an archive whose purpose is to polemically rearrange the standard perception of the worlds outside [...] to change the direction of thinking.” The students’ work with the Audain Visual Artist in Residence will culminate in a project exhibited at Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery in March 2017.

Nguyễn will also run a series of digitizing workshops as part of The Making of an Archive, in partnership with Grunt Gallery, while in Vancouver (January 21-26, 2017). For more details, please contact the gallery.

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, in 2011, having obtained her MFA and a post-graduate diploma in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, in 2005, and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003. Nguyễn’s work has been shown internationally in institutions including the EFA Project Space (2016); Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); MTL BNL at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (2014); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2013); Apexart, New York (2013); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia (2011); Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2011); and Gasworks, London (2010). In 2011 she was commissioned by CC Seven to produce a site-specific sound piece for The Woodland Cemetery, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Stockholm. In 2015, as part of SWICH, a collaborative project involving ten European museums of Ethnography and World Cultures she was the first artist-in-residence at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. Currently she is working with curator Rado Ištok on editing Crating the World: Displaced Myths, Desires and Meanings, a compendium to Nguyễn's exhibition Black Atlas to be published in Spring 2017. Both the exhibition and publication are made possible with the generous support of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Artist Talk: Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
January 19, 2016, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street

SCA Third Year Visual Arts Exhibition
March 22 – April 1, 2016
Audain Gallery
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings Street

Audain Visual Artist in Residence

This 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 program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.

Walid Raad

Walid Raad

Walid Raad

AUDAIN VISUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, FALL 2016

We are very pleased to welcome Walid Raad as the 2016 Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR).

During his time in Vancouver Raad will pursue research toward a new project by meeting with local specialists with knowledge on a heterogeneous range of topics, including human sweat, near-death experiences, meteorological measuring devices and Islamic art museums. In addition to a talk and public seminar (see below), Raad will do class and studio visits with graduate and undergraduate students. A solo exhibition of new work by Raad will be held at the Audain Gallery in 2017.

Walid Raad: TALK
Thurs., Sept. 29, 7PM
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Over the last 25 years artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon) has produced an extraordinary body of work that examines the instability of documents and archives in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative in conflict discourses, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world. Raad works in photography, video, sculpture and performance to engage with forms of storytelling.

In his talk as part of his AVAIR residency at SFU, Raad will concentrate on two of his long-term art projects. The first is The Atlas Group (1989-2004), which examines the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the second is Scratching on things I could disavow (2007-present), which looks at the Arab art world alongside that region’s conflicts. Both projects engage how forms of violence affect bodies, minds and culture.

Raad’s solo exhibitions include the Louvre (Paris), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Kunsthalle Zurich, The Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels), and The Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin).  His works have been shown in Documenta 11 and 13 (Kassel), The Venice Biennale, Whitney Bienniale 2000 and 2002 (New York), Sao Paulo Bienale, Istanbul Biennal, Homeworks I and III (Beirut) and in numerous other museums, biennials and venues in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. 

His books include Walkthrough, The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair, Let’s Be Honest The Weather Helped, and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow. Raad is also the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award (2016), the Hasselblad Award (2011), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007), the Camera Austria Award (2005), a Rockefeller Fellowship (2003), among other grants, prizes and awards. He is a member of the Home Workspace Program in Beirut and The Gulf Labor Coalition. Raad lives and works in New York where is Professor of Art in The Cooper Union.

This talk is co-produced with SFU Galleries.

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Walid Raad: SEMINAR
Mon., Oct 3, 2016, 6PM
Room 4390
SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

In this seminar Walid Raad will lead a discussion about his resent research. This will be an opportunity to witness the artist’s process and encounter his ideas taking shape first hand. This generous approach reminds us that there is no formula for producing an artwork: an artist’s process may proceed without regard for established divisions between categories of thought, action, matter or discipline to stage encounters between research, politics and aesthetics. Raad pursues several parallel, sometimes intersecting paths. Where these paths “lead”—if in fact this teleology applies—is not always clear, even to him. His research spans inquiry into the building of the Louvre and the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, labour issues, human sweat, WW1’s effects in shaping the modern Middle East, death, near death, forensic science, medical examiners, coffins, biological decay, Islamic Arts, carpets, dyes, wool, exports, designs and colour. The seminar invites participants into conversation with Raad along these paths of inquiry.

Space is limited. Please email AVAIR coordinator Judy Radul at avair@sfu.ca to pre-register for the seminar.

Image Credits: (top) The Atlas Group/Walid Raad. ​I might die before I get a rifle_Device III. 1993/2002. Pigmented inkjet print, 63″ × 6′11″ (160 × 210.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2015 Walid Raad; (bottom) Preface to the Third Edition: Version Française. 44 x 51 inches. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © 2014 Walid Raad

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min: Dear Leader, What I Love . . .

Audain Visual Artist in Residence at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
March 24 – April 2, 2016
Audain Gallery

Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts  welcomed Yong Soon Min as the 2016 spring Audain Visual Artist in Residence. In the Audain Gallery, Yong Soon Min’s video work focusing on North Korea, Bungabsubnida and On the Road: Northern Exposure, was exhibited alongside collaboratively produced projects and performances by the second and third year undergraduates in the Visual Art Program.

As a variation of our annual third year undergraduate exhibition, the Audain Gallery functioned as a hybrid pedagogical space to explore the formal, conceptual and political aspects of monuments, counter-monuments and the notion of alternative archives. Public events and informal discussions on questions concerning war, ideology, colonialism, multiculturalism and transnationalism–which Yong Soon Min has addressed over her long career–were an integral part of this project.

The second and third year students constructed and installed a (counter) monument loosely based on the Robo-Lenin from Magnitorsk (1931), which was destroyed in 1932, yet remains documented in a photograph for Life Magazine by Margaret Bourke-White. A large pedestal base related to the reclining horizontal monument served as a platform for readings and performances by the students. In addition, the students made sculptural spheres inspired by Yong Soon Min’s work. Framed by discussions concerning the hierarchies by which materials get preserved and monumentalized, students worked with texts and images that have inspired and transformed their habitual sense of the world and place these into the work as personal archives. What can we learn from the extremes of failed utopian visions as a way forward, without cynicism? This central question anchors the disparate elements.

Yong Soon Min was born near Seoul in 1953, the year the Korean War ended in Armistice. Min immigrated with her mother and brother to the U.S. in 1960 to join their father and grew up in Monterey, CA. She received her MFA degree from UC Berkeley in 1979 and a postdoc at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 1981. She lives in Los Angeles and is Professor Emeritus at UC Irvine.

Min’s art practice, including national and international exhibitions and curatorial projects, engages interdisciplinary sources in the examination of issues of representation and cultural identities and the intersection of history and memory. Min has received numerous grants and awards, including recently a Fulbright Senior Research Grant, COLA Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and Korea Foundation Grant.

Events

Opening Reception
Audain Gallery, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7–9PM

SCA Students, Performances and Readings
Audain Gallery, Thursday, March 24, 1:30–4PM

Young Soon Min Artist Talk
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Thursday, March 24, 7PM

Art and the Pacific Rim Legacies of War: Round table discussion with Yong Soon Min, David Khang, Cindy Mochizuki, Ho Tam. Moderated by Jin-me Yoon
Audain Gallery, Saturday, March 26, 1PM

Exhibition tour with SCA Students
Audain Gallery, Saturday, March 26, 3PM

Discussion with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
4th floor, Rm 4955, Wednesday March 30, 2:30-4:30PM

The School for Contemporary Arts Audain Visual Artist in Residence and Audain Gallery

Simon Fraser University
149 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 12–5pm

Images: Yong Soon Min: Dear Leader, What I Love . . . , Installation view, Audain Gallery. Yong Soon Min and SCA Visual Arts students, 2016.