SFU visual art students host Stanley Park Indigenous and colonial histories art exhibit

June 21, 2017

By Justin Wong

Have you ever been curious about Stanley Park’s Indigenous and colonial histories?

On June 22-23rd, SFU visual arts students are hosting a free public art exhibit in Stanley Park, to showcase site-specific installations that illustrate the park's rich history. This event is a part of Laboratory Landscape, a two-part course that introduces students to the idea of looking at landscapes as constructed and cultured environments.

Laboratory Landscape is part of the LandMarks 2017, a nationwide exhibition engaging with Canada's 150th year. Representing B.C., along with Emily Carr University, and alongside 16 participating universities nationwide, 17 SFU students will honour indigenous culture, while generating new forms of experiential learning, and works that showcase the diverse talent of B.C.’s emerging artists

When: June 22nd (10am-8pm) - 23rd (10am-9pm)
Where: Vancouver Stanley Park
Website: Click here to learn more

Here are a few of the art exhibits that you will see:

Bear Garden by Emily Marston

This concrete pit housed polar bears from 1962 to 1996 as a part of the Stanley Park zoo. Bear Garden uses photography to call attention to the brutalist architecture, a popular architectural style from the 1950’s to 1970’s, and the history of the site.

Let Me In by Jessica Chu, Michelle Gougani and Nico Yu

Let Me In uses fabric curtains as a visual metaphor to explore what we see and don’t see as we move through the park. The curtains, hung in two locations, feature poetic text that reflect on the movement of people through these lands.

One With Nature

Motivational posters will be installed at Second Beach and Beaver Lake with images that explore the relationship between the human body, the park and nature.

This Is Where It Started by Oscar Alfonso and Carolina Krawczyk

This art installation is scattered throughout the park with colourful banners with open-ended confessions, such as “I was taught the wrong story.” Visitors are invited to reflect on their understanding and assumptions of the park as a public site.