Fall, 2020 | Online | FREE

Pablo José Ramírez
Jeremy Deller
Sandra Brewster
Irena Haiduk
Sanja Iveković
Charles Gaines
Samson Young
Tanya Lukin Linklater

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) and the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Visual Art Forum, a term-long series of free online public lectures by a diverse group of leading contemporary artists and thinkers from Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The Visual Art Forum is presented as part of the SCA’s AVAIR program and forms a central element of our studio and seminar classes.

In response to COVID-19, all AVAIR participants will be presenting lectures, conducting studio visits, and interacting with students and faculty of the SCA online. Members of the visual arts and cultural communities and the general public are invited to watch the main lecture series.

Photo credit: Luis Alvarádo.

Pablo José Ramírez

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Pablo José Ramírez is a curator, art writer and cultural theorist who splits his time between Guatemala and London. He is the Adjunct Curator of First Nations and Indigenous Art at Tate Modern. His work revisits post-colonial societies to consider non-western ontologies, indigeneity, forms of racial occlusion, and sound. He holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2015 he co-curated with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill the 19th Bienal Paiz: Trans-visible. He was a Guest Curator at Parsons/The New School in New York and at the CCA in Glasgow. Ramirez was the recipient of the 2019 Independent Curators International/CPPC Award for Central America and the Caribbean. Ramírez is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of Infrasonica.

Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images.

Jeremy Deller

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. Much of Deller's work is collaborative; it has a strong political aspect, in the subjects dealt with and also the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave which occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984, and for 2016's We're Here Because We're Here, which was a monument for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Joy in People, a retrospective exhibition was held at the Hayward Gallery in 2012, and in 2013 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Bienale. In 2004 Deller was awarded the Turner Prize.

Installation view, Sandra Brewster: Blur, July 24, 2019 – September 13, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Work shown: Untitled (Blur), 2017 - 2019. Essequibo 6, acrylic, photo-based gel transfer on mylar, 2018.

Sandra Brewster

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 4:00 PM

Sandra Brewster is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. The daughter of Guyanese-born parents, she is especially attuned to the experiences of people of Caribbean heritage and their ongoing relationships with back home. Brewster’s solo exhibition Blur has been featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2019-2020), she is the 2018 recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize and her exhibition It’s all a blur… received the Gattuso Prize for outstanding featured exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival 2017.  Currently on view through September 6, 2021, Sandra Brewster: Blur, a special installation project at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Brewster holds a Masters of Visual Studies from University of Toronto and a BFA from York University.

Irena Haiduk, Voice Base. Photographed by Anna Shteynshleyger at documenta 14. Produced by Yugoexport.

Irena Haiduk

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Irena Haiduk doesn't provide a biography for public consumption. For the same reason, this video archive of Haiduk's talk is the audio only.

Photograph: Shubigi Rao.

Sanja Iveković

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Sanja Iveković is a Croatian photographer, performer, sculptor, and installation artist. Her work addresses such issues as female identity, media, consumerism, and political strife. Her artistic career began during the Croatian Spring in the early 1970s when, together with other artists, she broke away from mainstream settings, pioneering video, conceptual photomontages, and performance. Much of her work is centred on her own life and the place of women in today's society. She was the first artist in Croatia to label herself a feminist artist, and she has been a key player at the Centre for Women's Studies in Zagreb since it opened in 1994.

Photo: Fredrik Nilsen. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Charles Gaines

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Charles Gaines is pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art. His body of work engages formulas and systems that interrogate relationships between the objective and the subjective realms. Using a generative approach to create series of works in a variety of mediums, he has built a bridge between the early conceptual artists of the 1960s and 1970s and subsequent generations of artists pushing the limits of conceptualism today. He lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the CalArts School of Art faculty. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and his work is in prominent public collections.


The Immortals (feat. DITHER, Michael Schiefel, & Eliza Li) [still], 2019. Multimedia music theater for voice, Cantonese opera vocalist, electric guitar quartet, live electronics, cherry-picker cranes, crane operators, costumes (silk-screen print on canvas), animation; 65 mins. Courtesy the artist.

Samson Young

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Multi-disciplinary artist Samson Young was trained as a composer, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2013. In 2017, he represented Hong Kong in a solo project at the Hong Kong Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale. Other solo exhibitions include the De Appel, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; SMART Museum, Chicago; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester; M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and Ryosoku-in at Kenninji Temple, Kyoto, among others. Group exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Performa 19, New York; Biennale of Sydney; Shanghai Biennale; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and documenta 14: documenta radio.

This moment an endurance to the end forever, (still), 2020. Film/video, 23 minutes, 17 seconds. Courtesy the artist.

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 9:30 AM

Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances, videos, installations, and writings work through orality and embodiment – investigating histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. She investigates insistence in both concept and application and often produces performances with dancers, composers, musicians and poets, in relation to the architecture of museums, objects in exhibition, scores, and cultural belongings. 

Her work has been shown recently or is on view at ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Remai Modern, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Winnipeg Art Gallery. Current and new works, including a performance installation, were to be included at Tate Modern in Our Bodies, Our Archives, the BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020 in London, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Tanya Lukin Linklater is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Slow Scrape, her first book of poetry, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020.


The Visual Art Forum is organized by Kathy Slade in collaboration with SCA Visual Art faculty Sabine Bitter, Raymond Boisjoly, Elspeth Pratt, and Judy Radul.

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence 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. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.

The School for the Contemporary Arts recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.