‘The Friction of Distance’ artist talk, The Artwork Hub, Vancouver, British Columbia

Posted on Jun 2, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011
7:00 – 8:00pm

The Artwork Hub
170 & 300 – 422 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2Z4

“The Friction of Distance” offers a series of stories from Jonathan Taggart’s recent work with First Nations communities in British Columbia. A collection of compelling and impactful narratives woven around themes of vibrant resiliency, the exhibition opens with Taggart’s exploration of the remote territories of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, illuminating the cultural and economic implications of isolation as the group transitions through the BC Treaty process. The friction of another distance is recounted in Taggart’s document of one young family’s successful bid to bring their children out of foster care, and lastly, cast in the seemingly frictionless setting of the 2010 Fraser River Sockeye return, the Stó:lo Nation enjoys respite from the ever-present conflict between British Columbia’s Aboriginal and commercial fisheries, where notions of tradition and stewardship rub against those of equal economic opportunity for all the peoples of Canada.”