Scháyilhen Visual Arts Exhibition

Salmon Going Up Riv­er (Scháy­il­hen) imme­di­ate­ly invokes a sense of urgency, of strug­gle, of pas­sion. Ques­tions arise: is it about the jour­ney, the des­ti­na­tion, the mis­sion, or is the motive of great­est sig­nif­i­cance? Is fail­ure an option?

Twelve Indige­nous artists have been gath­ered to address the notion of Salmon Going Up Riv­er. From Danielle Bobier’s inor­gan­ic grid-lines and cir­cu­lar pools evoca­tive of the built envi­ron­ment in Catch­ment Area (2017) rout­ed from sal­vaged mahogany ply­wood; to Shain Jack­son’s twen­ty-foot nat­ur­al and paint­ed red cedar with abalone inlay Lega­cy salmon sculp­ture; and col­lec­tions of found objects as in Jay Haven’s Bar­gain Hunter made from bags gath­ered from retail stores on reserves through­out British Columbia—themes and sto­ries begin to unravel.

With­in a cli­mate of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the metaphor of Salmon Going Up Riv­er speaks about remem­ber­ing, of going home—it’s about the future and of sur­vival. It is direc­tion­al, of going for­ward by way of the past. Yet, the past at best serves as a guide­post. The jour­ney is ardu­ous and painful, fraught with seem­ing­ly impos­si­ble bar­ri­ers demand­ing mul­ti­ple attempts to overcome—bruises and bat­tle scars added at each rung. Fight we must, but with each oth­er? Is the riv­er and its many obsta­cles not bat­tle enough?

There are rest­ing pools along the way—so easy to linger; to set up res­i­dence. Com­pla­cen­cy threat­ens. And so the con­ver­sa­tion begins.

Richard Heikkilä-Sawan exhi­bi­tion cura­tor, Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val 2018 


Danielle BobierDestanie Clay­ton | Bren­da Crab­tree | Jay Havens | Shain Jack­son |  May­nard John­nyCheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣCorey Moraes | Kajo­la More­wood | Levi Nel­son | Michelle Sound


Dates & Time:
Open­ing & Recep­tion: Feb­ru­ary 14, 2018 @ 7pm
Exhi­bi­tion: Feb­ru­ary 14–24, 2018, 10am — 10pm

Round­house Per­for­mance Cen­tre (181 Round­house Mews, Van­cou­ver, BC V6Z 2W3)


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