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Lifelines, water bodies Kelly Zantingh

Thu. January 5th 2023 - Fri. January 27th 2023 see thefiftyfifty.net for updated hours
Lifelines, water bodies, is a photo-based exhibition exploring the body entangled within landscapes and the suggestion of land forms created by bodies in flux. In the photographs, human bodies wrap around, tuck into, and hide within crevices, rocks, caves, trees, and each
other. Often faceless, lacking a specific identity, their flesh becomes abstracted as they meld into and become an integrated part of the landscape. In other images, there may not be a
landscape in sight, and the bodies instead mimic the malleability and transitional quality of an ever-changing environment. The human body becomes less of a portrait of an individual and
instead becomes a stand-in for the vulnerability we collectively share as earth-dwellers living on a damaged, yet adaptable planet.
Kelly Zantingh (she/her) graduated with a B.A.H in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, ON in April 2016. She has exhibited in Tkaronto (Gardiner Museum, Xpace Cultural Centre, Trinity Square Video), Montreal (Gallery Parfois), and Dawson City (Klondike Institute of Art and Culture/KIAC) and has participated in artist residencies in Portugal, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon. She now lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen people (Victoria).
Kelly Zantingh’s work explores the passage of time and its inevitable association with loss. She examines the fragile and complex structures of natural ecosystems, as well as how they are instrumentalized by humans. Using stop-motion animation, photography and books, she documents and investigates the myriad ways that we are entangled with our surroundings. Her work is situated on the edge between a fascination with the natural world, and the acknowledgement of our current role on the changing earth within the anthropocene.
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]
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