When 17 May 2020 - 31 Jul 2020
Where Centre A
Unit 205-268 Keefer Street
Vancouver V6A 1X5

Borrowing a term from both navigation and research methods in social science that employ multiple points of view, Triangulations by Pacific Crossingsoffers three online propositions with artists and curators in Hong Kong, Beijing and Manila, encompassing shared concerns germane to the pandemic and locational contexts. Produced as part of Pacific Crossings in partnership with Centre ANanaimo Art Gallery, and Richmond Art GalleryTriangulations is a coordinated effort to bring forward distinct perspectives from different regions through digital means to support empathy and to cultivate shared understandings about what the future may hold for the arts sector and for the public.

The series launches with:
PART I: Revisiting A Journal of the Plague Year on the Eastern Pacific Coast (TONIGHT!)
A talk with Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero
Organized by Jesse Birch
Response by Charlotte Zhang
When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 7 PM PST (Vancouver local time)

Register HERE.

The exhibition, A Journal of the Plague Year, originally responded to disparate narratives of 2003 in Hong Kong. It traced the fears of SARS and fears of other people, both colonial and recent, and the political and pop-cultural watersheds that have shaped Hong Kong identity in the years since. These themes have come back with renewed strength in the recent months of the COVID-19 crisis. For this special Pacific Coast presentation, curators Cosmin Constinas and Inti Guerrero will focus on the 2015 version of A Journal of the Plague Year held at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco.

While held in Hong Kong and the United States, the questions raised in the exhibition are also highly relevant to the parallel histories of immigration, exclusion, and heightened xenophobia on Canada’s West Coast, as exemplified by recent acts of violence and intimidation perpetrated against members of the Chinese Canadian community in B.C.

The talk will be followed up by a written response by Nanaimo-raised and Los Angeles-based artist Charlotte Zhang, which will be published by Pacific Crossings at a later date.

Cosmin Costinas (b. 1982, Romania) is the Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong since 2011, and Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2020. He was a Guest Curator of Dakar Biennale 2018 – La Biennale de l’Art africain contemporain-DAK’ART, Dakar (2018), Guest Curator at the Dhaka Art Summit (2018); Co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), Curator of BAK-basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2008-2011), Co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010), and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, documenta 12, Kassel (2005–2007).

Inti Guerrero (b. 1983, Colombia) is The Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London since 2016, and Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Manila since 2018. He was Chief Curator of the 38th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), Guest Curator of Dakar Biennale 2018 – La Biennale de l’Art africain contemporain-DAK’ART, Dakar (2018), and Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014).


// PART II: Let Individuals Represent Individuals
A talk with Carol Yinghua Lu & Liu Ding
Organized and Moderated by Henry Heng Lu
Response by Su-Ying Lee
When: Thursday, June 18, 7 PM PST

/// PART III: Dispatches From Manila
An online screening of short video works selected by Lost Frames, a short story by an unnamed artist, and an interview between Allison Collins, Mayumi Hirano and Mark Salvatus (Load na Dito).
When: Appearing online in July 2020.

Pacific Crossings is an ongoing conversation and public presentation series that draws participants from various regions across the ocean. This collaborative project works to bring together perspectives in an evolving and dynamic exchange, instigating events and activities that can increase public awareness of the multitude of traditions, histories, and practices, offering potential routes for intersection to take place. Pacific Crossings acknowledges that it takes place on the unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Snuneymuxw First Nations. It was first conceived by Bopha Chhay (Artspeak), Allison Collins, Shaun Dacey (Richmond Art Gallery), and Makiko Hara, and is currently programmed by Collins, Dacey, Hara, Jesse Birch (Nanaimo Art Gallery), and Henry Heng Lu (Centre A).

Image courtesy of the event organizer.