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Seal-Mara (Intertidal) Xan Shian

Thu. September 8th 2022 - Fri. September 30th 2022 Saturday and Sunday 3-5pm, current hours: thefiftyfifty.net
The Fifty Fifty presents, Seal-Mara, in collaboration with The Bonnie Mccomb Kreye residency and funded by The BC Arts Council.

Seal-Mara (Intertidal) shadows transitional bodies through life-death and shape-shift as intimate, metaphysical and material relations to the intertidal zone. From the Nereis brandti which emerge from the sea mud to spawn during the last quarter of the lunar cycle, to fluctuating ocean bodies, life-bearing bodies, shapeshifting beings like the Selchidh, and the material and ritual practices that arise at spaces of encounter, each contains a kind of transition. The foreshore as location or place of departure becomes an orientation around which processes unfold – bodies collide, dry up, change form; materials fix or alter state; cycles end and begin again – encompassing a realm that is both spatial and temporal, known and unknown.
Xan Shian (MFA, UBC 2021) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work considers how the folklores she grew up with attend to the in-between spaces of personal, cultural and material encounter by seeking what is absent or unaccounted for. She has shown works at spaces including Gallery 44 (Toronto), the Polygon Gallery (Vancouver), Projet Pangée (Montreal) and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver). Xan recently participated in the Bonnie McComb Kreye Residency in Victoria, BC, and currently has work in Fibreworks 2022 at the Cambridge Art Gallery in Ontario. Xan makes and lives on the traditional and ancestral territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən People.
The fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavour to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facilitates the dissemination of the ideas and work of others.
Accessibility Information:
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however, the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibility is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibility can be sent to [email protected]
Funded by CRD Feed the Arts and the BC Arts Council