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New Art Across Cultures

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New Art Across Cultures

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Border Zones

New Art Across Cultures


January 23, 2010 – September 12, 2010

Curated by Karen Duffek, MOA Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts. Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures is an exhibition of international contemporary art that inaugurated MOA’s Audain Gallery on January 23, 2010. It brings together the work of twelve artists engaged in a dialogue about cultural boundaries –within and between communities, art practices, audiences, or institutions – and the possibility of translation across them.

Through a surprising diversity of media and approaches, the artists selected for this show use the idea of a border space to raise questions about migration and identity, knowledge protection and access, and the permeability and construction of boundaries cross-culturally. Borders are considered not only as lines or markers that divide cultures, but also as uncertain spaces that are sites of encounter and transformation. Participating artists include Hayati Mokhtar, Dain-Iskandar Said, John Wynne, Edward Poitras, Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan, Tania Mouraud, Marianne Nicolson, Gu Xiong, Prabakar Visvanath, Rosanna Raymond, Ron Yunkaporta and Laura Wee Láy Láq.

Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures which will be shown through September 12, 2010, is part of MOA’s commitment to exploring, developing and inviting new ways of representing understandings about culture in the 21st century.

To give you the inside scoop on the ideas behind the exhibit, visit our interactive online magazine here.

Here you’ll find personal and provocative articles on each of the artists by distinguished contributors such as award-winning journalist Jan Wong, educator and activist Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, and filmmaker and artist Loretta Todd, among others. You’ll also find video interviews with the artists, regular updates on artist files, artwork exclusive to the webzine, provocative reviews of the exhibition, and a blog devoted to the idea of borders.

The online magazine is an archive about the idea of borders, particularly how new spaces of thought and meaning are created and contested at the boundaries of knowledge, language, art, culture, and politics.

Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures is presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Curator: Karen Duffek.


Image credits L-R: Photos by Ken Mayer. Video still by Gerry Lawson.