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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

visual art

Trauma, Memory, and the Story of Canada

October 13, 2017



When: Fri, October 13, 2017. 7:00 PM.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA).


Bangalore-based conceptual and performance artist Umesh M.S. will engage with the Canada 150+ theme in a short performance followed by a conversation with the performer, artist Jason Baerg, and exhibition curator, Raghavendra Rao K.V. Jason Baerg's digital artwork will be on view in the Woodward's atrium, inviting guests to join us for an evening of art and conversation.

Artist Bios & Art Works

Umesh Maddanahalli Shivanna is an artist based in Bangalore, India. Born in 1967, he completed his Bachelor degree in visual art from College of Fine Arts Bangalore University, in 1990
. Later he did his M.A. in Sculpture from M.S. University in the city of Baroda, India in 1993
. He belongs to a generation of artists from Bangalore, India who were instrumental in introducing Installation and Conceptual art to Indian art scene. Umesh has been a very active art practitioner since the early 1990s. He experimented with what could be termed as the first earth art piece in 1996 titled “Earth Work- a time and site specific project”. He worked on ‘Us from Them’, a performance piece at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart in 2001. He created a video piece for a show titled ‘Communication and War’ in Graz, Austria in 2001
 among many other videos and performances, he did since. He has incorporated cooking and food as one more element in his work since the last decade and has created exhibitions and performances based on food. Umesh has also conducted many workshops for students of art and taken part in many international residencies.


As a conscious perception of "place," entrances and exits form the "locations" for a real-virtual expedition through the Eurasian continent and through a supervisionary search for the beginning and the end. These explorations of the "genius loci" lead the protagonists through tourist attractions, government buildings, banks, temples, churches, factories, mines, IT industry complexes, national borders, private houses, malls, farmyards, concentration camps, toilets, cable car stations, streets, ateliers, call centres, museums, art collections, academies, universities, jungle houses, war monuments, pharmacies, restaurants, electric power stations, research institutes, greenhouses, hotels, race circuits, petrol stations, soap factories, laundries, copy shops, tourist offices, tailors, cinemas, theatres, fish markets, circus tents, broadcasting houses, garages, subway stations, memorials, volcanoes, flower markets, plantations and more. This artwork takes place in the "public space" and vitalizes the "place energy," memory and history in the perceptible spirit of a radical aesthetic. 

Jason Baerg (Cree Metis / German) is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Upcoming 2017 curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto's Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. He currently is teaching as Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. For more information about his work, please visit

Pihtôpitew, S/He Peels it off by Pulling

Jason Baerg has made a new digital media work for projection that illuminates continuum, Indigenous Relationality and Survivance. Through experimental approaches in video, linguistic utterances ignite multiple spaces of transformation. This work is on display on digital screens at the Woodword's atrium, and short versions of it is on public digital display boards at the University of British Columbia.

The South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) was established in 2016 to bring together art, history, and research. Our aim is to explore the intersections of where our experiences and identities connect. Our mandate is to:

  • Create, facilitate, support, and exhibit arts and research-driven initiatives rooted in South Asian Canadian history, culture, and identity.
  • Provide avenues for academics, artists, and activists to connect with each other and various communities through the exploration of arts and research.
  • Offer a platform for the members of the South Asian community of Canada to widely share their stories by gathering and providing public access to oral histories, documents, photographs, and other archived media

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!



When: Fri, October 13, 2017. 7:00 PM.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA).

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