Fogo Island Dialogues: Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures

Monday, December 12, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM
UBC, Vancouver

Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk in conversation. Moderated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, with special guests Linnea and Beau Dick.

Awalaskenis journey

Beau Dick during the copper-breaking ceremony on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, July 27, 2014. Photo: Sue Heal

Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk present Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures, a public lecture moderated by FIA Strategic Director Nicolaus Schafhausen that will reflect on intersections between their curatorial conversations around documenta 14: Learning From Athens (working title). As part of the curatorial team for the upcoming edition of documenta, one of contemporary art’s most important exhibitions that opens in Athens, Greece in April 2017 and Kassel, Germany in June 2017, Hopkins and Szewczyk will consider what it might mean to establish a continuum between the West Coast and the Southeast of Europe, with special attention given to the work of Beau and Linnea Dick. Linnea Dick, who recently opened documenta 14’s Public Programs at the Athens Municipality Arts Centre, will provide an introduction to this conversation, and her father Hereditary Chief Beau Dick will provide concluding remarks.

This lecture is co-presented by Fogo Island Arts and organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies.

About the participants:

Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, was born in Alert Bay, BC where he lives and works. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Dick has explored new formats and techniques in his work, including painting and drawing. His work can be found in private collections as well as museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Dick’s work has been exhibited most recently in Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (2013) at the Belkin Art Gallery, Sakahan: International Indigenous Art (2013) at the National Gallery of Canada, 75 Years of Collecting: First Nations: Myths and Realities (2006) at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Supernatural with Neil Campbell (2004) at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). In 2012, Dick received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award for Visual Arts. Since the fall of 2013, Dick has been the Artist in Residence at the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, with his studio in the Audain Art Centre.

Linnea Dick was born to Pamela Bevan and Beau Dick and carries the Kwakwaka’wakw name Malidi, meaning to always find a purpose and path in life. She is of Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian heritage. She spent her early childhood in Alert Bay, later relocating to Vancouver along with her sister Geraldine. Between 2004 and 2005, Dick spent time experiencing Haida culture and tradition in Haida Gwaii, where her two older sisters live. Her ambitions in life are to help people and she aims to one day establish a wellness centre for women and children. Her creative abilities include writing and painting.

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and presently Curatorial Advisor for documenta 14. She has held curatorial positions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. Her writings on history, art and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, the Fillip Review and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Hopkins has lectured widely including at Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. In 2012 Hopkins was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the sovereign imagination for dOCUMENTA (13). Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde, was the National Gallery of Canada’s largest survey of recent Indigenous art. Hopkins was co-curator of the 2014 SITE Santa Fe biennial exhibition, Unsettled Landscapes. In 2014 she received the Joan Lowndes award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing.

Monika Szewczyk organizes exhibitions, writes, edits and teaches – most often in partnership with institutions of art and higher learning. Before joining the curatorial team of documenta 14 in January 2015, she was the Visual Arts Program Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. Previously she was Head of Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2008–2011) and Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2004–2007). Throughout, she has taught at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2011), and the University of Chicago. Szewczyk has (co-) authored texts for numerous catalogues and journals such as Afterall, A Prior, F.R. David, Mousse, e-flux journal online and The Exhibitionist and edited volumes ranging from artist’s books, through monographs to readers. Beginning with her art history masters thesis on Vito Acconci’s “home made epic,” The Red Tapes; through published texts such as “art of conversation” for e-flux journal; to close collaboration with artists and institutions her work continues to draw great inspiration from aural/oral technologies/traditions and what may be called borderline aesthetics. Szewczyk is a member of Fogo Island Arts’ Advisory Board.