The AgentC Projects curatorial collective invites the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver to engage in conversation with Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu, and artists Brandon Gabriel and Corey W. Moraes, of Kwantlen and Tsimshian heritage respectively, about their collaborative project at the Newton PopUp Gallery and creative space in central Surrey.
This exciting collaboration, entitled PRESENCE: Corey Moraes | Brandon Gabriel | Sonny Assu presents Gabriel and Moraes as artists in residence, with Assu mentoring and facilitating the project offsite from Vancouver Island.
In contrast to exhibiting their art in a conventional gallery format, AgentC Projects invited the artists to inhabit the space as a dynamic creative open studio for generating ideas, experimental works and sharing their working processes through community engagement. The artists’ presence in, and appropriation of the white cube gallery, strives to create dialogue that goes beyond the residency.
Including a Skyped introduction by Assu, Moraes and Gabriel’s conversation with members of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver will focus on the influences of geographical, historical, and colonial narratives and how the open-ended format of the residency has facilitated their creative response to these histories.
This method of artistic programming is representative of the stream of alternative, contemporary art practices which have been emerging in Surrey in recent years.