by Stella Hsu and Rhys Edwards
The Body of the Crime by Marcos Ramírez Erre
Satellite’s bloggers Stella Hsu and Rhys Edwards interview the curator of our current exhibition Broken Borders
Stella Hsu (SH): Describe the narrative of how Broken Borders came to be.
Adriana Estrada-Cantelles (AEC): During the first year of my masters in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia, many of the readings and discussions were focused on the war on terrorism and the relationship between war, violence and contemporary art. Art history and contemporary art theory have developed ways of thinking about the resulting violence as well as the various forms of its representation in contemporary art. This war on terrorism, between the United States and Middle East, has left aside other urgent conversations on war and violence, such as the drug war in Mexico. I was interested in foregrounding, in terms of curatorial practice, a contemporary war on a much more complex, global scale that has changed the artistic production of many Mexico-based artists.
Posted in Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Tagged Access Gallery, Adriana Estrada Centelles, drug war, illegal trafficking, Jorge Malacó, Marcos Ramirez Erre, Mexico, necropolitics, Performance, Red Carpet, rhys edwards, Rosa Maria Robles, socio-political, Stella Hsu, Teresa Margollesn, Vancouver Downtown Eastside
By Erin Campbell
I first heard about Photographer Abhishek Bhonsle through a mutual friend who suggested the two of us meet for coffee to discuss Abhishek’s artistic career and his thoughts on the Indian art world. Abhishek began his art career in the Bangalore theatre scene. He was a part of organised theatre jams and performed regularly. He later became an amateur theatre photographer, which gradually led to him to use the camera to explore the stories he discovered on the streets.
I met Abhishek at a beachside café in the steamy heat of Mumbai to learn more about his perspective and his creative practice.
Posted in Travel
Tagged Abhishek Bhonsle, Artist Interview, Audience reception, Erin Campbell, India, Mumbai, Mumbai Diaries, Photography, Rang: Slice of Life, Seed Fest, Street Photography, Streets: Paths of a Bygone Era
By Sean Michael Nelson
As animator Hayao Miyazaki ages, his films’ scales become increasingly intimate. 1997’s Princess Mononoke is 135 minutes long and set across the countryside of Warring States era Japan. 2008’s Ponyo is a half-hour shorter and seen occurring around a small oceanside village. The Secret World of Arrietty, which Miyazaki co-wrote and planned, is just over 90 minutes in length and is confined to a single household. Though “smaller,” the film, adapted from Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers, still has a large-scale message for its audience about Miyazaki’s ideals.
One of Mononoke’s many grand vistas
Posted in Film and Music
Tagged Castle in the Sky, Feminism, Film, Hayao Miyazaki, Marxism, Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Sean Michael Nelson, Studio Ghibli, The Castle of Cagliostro, The Secret World of Arriety
by Liza Montgomery
Since its inception in 2000, the self-proclaimed, “service-oriented” artist collective, Instant Coffee, has self-consciously embraced an aesthetic of “bad taste.” From its arsenal of catchphrases and a garish, neon colour scheme borrowed from low-budget advertising signage to the kitschy, crocheted blankets and DIY “cooler-speakers” that furnish its constructed social environments, the group’s approach to making art is tongue-in-cheek. This approach, however, belies a more serious and destabilizing project.
Instant Coffee: Feeling So Much Yet Doing So Little, Photo Courtesy of Western Front
Posted in Offsite Exhibitions
Tagged 303 Gallery, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Classical Reading Group, Ephemera, Instant Coffee (Artist Collective, Kitsch, Liza Montgomery, Nicolas Bourriaud, Paint it Pink, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Theatre, Vancouver and Toronto, Western Front