January 13 - February 26
Chantal Gibson: How She Read
Open Space presents Chantal Gibson's visual and text art exhibition, How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire.
Gibson is a Vancouver-based artist and educator whose work plunges into the fraught territory of school texts and history books with a sewing needle and re-works historical Canadian texts with black thread in order to revise our ideas of history, nationhood, and how we read. Through altered book sculptures that ensnare the texts with braids and thread, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Gibson’s work asks us to consider the voices, stories, and bodies that have been erased or excluded from historical narratives and proposes material ways in which we can resist those historical erasures.
Chantal Gibson teaches writing and visual communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. As a visual artist with interests in race, gender, and history, her altered texts and installations challenge the cultural production and consumption of knowledge. At their core, her works explore power, exploiting colonial mechanisms of oppression—myths, tropes, types, and metaphors—persistent across readings, writings, and representations of Blackness and Otherness in the Canadian cultural imagination. Most recently, Gibson’s multimedia installation Souvenir was featured in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art at the ROM in Toronto and MBAM in Montreal. Her debut book of poetry, How She Read, will be published by Caitlin Press in January 2019.
Alongside the Open Space exhibition, Chantal's work TOME will be on display in the University of Victoria's Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library from Jan 13 - Feb 26.
How She Read will feature a week-long artist residency from February 14-21, during which Chantal will participate in numerous events in the gallery and off-site, as well as hold open gallery hours for the public to engage with her directly.
Join us for the opening reception Sunday, January 13 from 3-5pm.
Open Space is at 510 Fort Street, Victoria