Thursday, April 28 | 7:30 pm
Presentation House Gallery
This event is part of the Intertextual: Art in Dialogue reading series.
Join Heather Caverhill and Tania Willard at Presentation House Gallery for a reading and discussion using divining techniques to reconsider historical narratives. The readings will be drawn from texts about Chinook jargon, such as Charles Lillard and Terry Glavin’s, A Voice Great Within Us (New Star Books, 1998), Utopian experiments and historical travel journals. Storymancy promises to provoke questions about the relationships between looking and reading the ghosts in historical photographs.
In response to NANITCH: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection, which assesses colonialist narratives of progress and the contradictions of settlement on Indigenous land as recorded by the camera, the evening will amplify the meaning of nanitch, or “to look” in Chinook jargon—the trade language of the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s.
Heather Caverhill, co-curator of Nanitch, is a PhD student in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and photography in the Canadian West.
Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, is an artist/curator interested in the intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures, and in shifting ideas of the contemporary and traditional as they relate to cultural production. Recent curatorial projects include One on One: Work to Rule: Krista Belle Stewart at Kelowna Art Gallery, Nantich (co-curator) and Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (co-curator) at UBCs Museum of Anthropology.
Part of Intertextual: Art In Dialogue, a roving series of readings and discussions about how art and its ideas are written, circulated, contested and rewritten taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation.
NANITCH is a coproduction of Presentation House Gallery and University of British Columbia Library and is part of UBCs Centennial Programme.
Image: Richard Maynard, c. 1890, verso of albumen print, Courtesy University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, Digital Programs and Services, Uno Langmann Family Collection of BC Photographs (UL# 1711)