Curated by Nicole Standbridge | Graham Gallery

We invite you to join us on our journey to explore issues related to the vast and mighty topic that is WATER. Water as a resource. Water as a site of trade and exchange. Water and climate change. The AGGV’s new Water Work Space functions much like a Research + Development Department, part workshop / part exhibition space. Water Work Space is a site for the exchange of ideas to fuel our project Wa’witłala: The Pervasiveness of Water/Cannot Go Against the Tide. This is an enquiry based collaboration with artist Marianne Nicolson and AGGV curators Nicole Stanbridge and Michelle Jacques. Nicolson’s work addressing the Fraser and Columbia Rivers was the impetus for this concept, and guides the project. With Wa’witłala, we aim to explore issues related to water from an Indigenous worldview and create space for discussions across cultures and disciplines. Water Work Space will allow us to collect and share the work that is happening by water protectors, artists, ecologists, and activists around the world. In this way we can collectively start to understand where we need to go and how we might get there?

Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa), is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada’enuxw* First Nation descent. Nicole Stanbridge, is curator of engagement at the AGGV and is of British, Scottish and Norwegian descent she was born on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk). Michelle Jacques is chief curator at the AGGV. She is of African-Caribbean descent, she was born and raised an uninvited guest on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, most recently the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. We extend our gratitude for being uninvited guests on this the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples. *The Dzawada’enuxw People are member nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.