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2019

ARTIST BIOS

 
 
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JUSTINE CHAMBERS

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. In her work she privileges what is felt over what is seen, by working with her body as an imperfect recording device to develop a cumulative embodied archive. Chambers’ interests are in re-imagining dance performance, and activating the dances that are already there - the social choreographies present in the everyday. Chambers is Max-Tyler Hite’s mother. 

 
 
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DANA CLAXTON

Dana Claxton is a critically acclaimed exhibiting artist and film/video maker. She works in film, video, photography, single and multi-channel video installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and held in public and private collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award, the Eiteljorg Fellowship, and most recently the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. In 2018 the Vancouver Art Gallery hosted a mid-career survey exhibition of her artwork. 

Dana is Department Head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the University of British Columbia. Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations. 

 
 
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BRACKEN HANUSE CORLETT

Bracken Hanuse Corlett is a interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2OO1 and eventually transitioned towards his current practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for Visual Arts. He has studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2O14 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver and the City of Victoria. He splits time between the confines of his studio in the Downtown Eastside and his home on the Sunshine Coast.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery (FUSE), Institute of Modern Art – Brisbane, Three Walls Gallery - Chicago, Paramount Theater - Seattle, Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery, Royal BC Museum, Open Space, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman, Mackenzie Art Gallery, ImagineNative and Toronto International Film Festival.

 
 
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JOSH HITE

Josh Hite works with video, animation, sound, performance and photography, often creating reorganized archives of particular spaces, objects, or behaviors. His practice leans towards an ethnography that acknowledges content and tactics for documentation as determinants of eventual form, rather than relying on art historical or cultural references as structural assistants. Projects tend to query relationships between an experience and its location, the power dynamics at play, and the ways in which transitions and sequencing can seamlessly propel us through time.

 
 
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SANDEEP JOHAL

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage.

Sandeep believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her most recent series, Rest In Power (2O17), is a body of work dedicated to twelve women from various cultural backgrounds whose murders have impacted her deeply.

Sandeep has completed a number of public projects, most recently, a mural for Wall to Wall Festival 2O18 in Winnipeg. Her work has been featured in Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, CBC Arts, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, This Magazine, Gray Magazine and numerous other print and online publications. 

 
 
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KHAN LEE

Khan Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He studied architecture at Hong-Ik University, before immigrating to Canada to study fine art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Through sculptural and media practices, his work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content. He is a founding member of the Vancouver-based artist collective Intermission and is presently a member of the Instant Coffee artist collective. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

 
 
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LINDSAY MCINTYRE

Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist from Edmonton of Inuk and Settler decent.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Alberta. Her process-based practice is largely analog in nature and deals with themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories.  Working primarily with 16mm film and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, she also makes her own 16mm film hand-coated with silver gelatin emulsion. Interested simultaneously in the apparatus of cinema, portraiture, representation and personal histories, she bridges gaps in collective experience and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice, form and content.   She was a member of The Double Negative Collective, the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts for 2013 and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017.  She applies her interest in film chemistry, analogue technologies and structure to make award-winning short 16mm films and expanded cinema performances which have been programmed around the world including at Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives, Pleasure Dome, Mono No Aware, Rotterdam, WNDX, imagineNATIVE, Images, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Raindance, One Flaming Arrow and Black Maria and can be found in several permanent collections. She taught at the University of Alberta before transplanting to Vancouver to teach Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

 
 
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HYUNG-MIN YOON

Hyung-Min Yoon is a visual artist working between Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA at the Korea National University of the Arts and her MFA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. Her research and text-based art practice draws inspiration from literature and early art history. Through installation, photography, video and print, her gestures explores the broad notion of translation through re-contextualization. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Canada, UK, Switzerland and Austria, and is in the collections of Vancouver Art Gallery, Arario Museum, Wumin Art Centre and Gyeonggi Creation Centre.

 
 
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NATALIE PURSCHWITZ

Natalie Purschwitz seeks out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Through her visual art practice she considers how materials connect with ideological production and quotidian experiences and in this way, her research lies at the intersection anthropology, mythology, materiality and form.  Clothing has often been an integral part of her work. She is interested in how clothing functions as a material, a language and a conceptual framework that can be used to examine cultural production. She has shown her work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver, BC), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, MB), the Japanese Canadian National Museum (Burnaby, BC), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleingburg, ON), the Prince Takamato Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Canada House (London, England) and AGX Galerie (Tehran, Iran).

 
 
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HOWIE TSUI

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui (Tsui Ho Yan / 徐浩恩) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay. He works in a variety of media to construct tense, fictive environments that subvert canonized art forms and narrative genres, often from the traditional Chinese literati class. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, acculturation, and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to advocate for liminal and diasporic experiences.

He holds a BFA (2OO2) from the University of Waterloo and received the Joseph Stauffer Prize (2OO5) from the Canada Council for most outstanding young artist. His work is in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada and Centre d'exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul. 

 
 
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DREW YOUNG

Drew Young (b.1987 Victoria, BC) currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied at The Victoria College of Art and received his diploma in Illustration and Applied Arts (IDEA) at Capilano University.

Young is an internationally exhibited painter with shows and projects in LA (Thinkspace Gallery), HI (POW!WOW!), SF (Gauntlet Gallery), Denver (Abend Gallery), Tokyo (Amp), London (Rook and Raven), NYC (Re:Form Projects), Bogota (Come Together) and featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com, Supersonic Electronic and BlueCanvas. 

His painting accolades have brought him many curatorial and creative director opportunities in recent years. He’s acted as the Visual Arts curator for TedX Vancouver 2014/2015 as well as Curator/Coordinator for Snag — a weekly live-painting exhibition focused on illuminating Vancouver’s alternative arts culture. He currently acts as Lead Curator and Artistic Director for the Vancouver Mural Festival as well as Visual Arts Director for Skookum Festival 2018.