UBCO Visiting Artist Lecture Series Winter 2019


Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, January 28th
Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (France/UK) are the creators of EUROHOUSE (2016), PALMYRA (2017) and ONE (2019). They have been working together since 2015. Their work breaks down complex political or social questions into an accessible, immediate form, questioning both their own – and the audience’s – role as ‘active’ spectators in global conflicts, and blurring the lines between reality and fiction. They mix humour and violence, explosive physicality and stillness, the profound with the plain stupid – all to undercut and explore darker aspects of contemporary subjects. Their productions have gathered enthusiastic responses from critics in The Guardian and The Times, won several awards and toured to major festivals including PuSh (Canada), MESS Festival (Bosnia), Festival de Otoño (Spain) and Adelaide Festival (Australia). They are Associate Artists of MAYK and International Associates of Farnham Maltings.
Tsema Igharas, February 4th
Tsema Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), her studies in visual culture and time in the mountains. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCADu showing her thesis work, LAND|MINE that connects materials to mine sites and bodies to the land. She is currently a contributing member and representative for ReMatriate Collective. Tsema has won the 2018 Emily Award for outstanding ECUAD alumni. She has shown and performed in Canada at the Montreal Contemporary Native Art Biennial (2016 and 2018). She also performed internationally in Mexico, The United States and Chile.
Mia Feuer, March 4th
Mia Feuer is an interdisciplinary sculptor born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her MFA from the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited widely across North America, including solo exhibitions at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Locust Projects, Miami FL and The Esker Foundation, Calgary. Most recently Mia’s work was included in the first ever female only exhibition at The Saatchi Collection, London, UK. She is a mother, creator and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California College of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, California.
Ian Johnston, March 11th
Ian Johnston is an artist based in Nelson, BC. Born in Moose Factory, Ontario and grew up in Ottawa. Johnston studied architecture at Algonquin College, and Carleton University in Ottawa and with the University of Toronto at Paris. Prior to opening his Nelson studio in 1996, Johnston spent five years working at the Bauhaus Academy in post Berlin Wall East Germany. His art practice can be described as a ‘journey’ of bodies of work that began with a focus on consumerism and the physical waste stream. His current work Fine Line has switched attention from consumer culture to the obsessive-compulsive behavior that appear to epitomize it. Johnston has participated in residencies and shown his work in public galleries and museums in Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.
All talks start at 2pm
Room UNC 106, 3272 University Way, Kelowna, UBC’s Okanagan Campus, V1V 1V7
For more information on this event or the Visiting Artist Series, please contact Samuel Roy-Bois at 250 807-8786 or samuel.roy-bois@ubc.ca.