Point of Contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary

Kyra Kordoski
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, October 28, 2017 –  April 1, 2018
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Stan Douglas Nu·tka·, 1996, installation view, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2017.
Photo : Mike McClean, courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, October 28, 2017 –  April 1, 2018

Point of Contact, curated by Haema Sivanesan, addresses the concept of a geographic imaginary through a place now known, due to a misinterpretation by the eighteenth-century Briton, Captain Cook, as Nootka. This region, within the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, was one of the earliest sites of sustained contact between Europeans and Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. In this exhibition it is taken, according to the gallery didactics, “as a case study to consider how artists have contributed to shaping the idea of place on the West Coast.” The works that have been selected adhere to a basic curatorial division: they are either by non-Indigenous artists who have depicted this place, or by Nuu-chah-nulth artists for whom this place is an ancestral territory.

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