In Place of Sight: MFA Graduating Exhibition 2020

In Place of Sight: MFA Graduating Exhibition 2020

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

Caitlin Almond, Snare, 2020. Mixed media installation.

December 8, 2020
In Place of Sight: MFA Graduating Exhibition 2020
November 26–December 12, 2020
School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver British Columbia V6B 1H4

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This exhibition presents the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

In Place of Sight offers a multi-modal meditation on in/visibility. As portals to an altered time and space, the artists’ poetic interventions take the form of installation, painting, drawing, photography, sound, and video. Combining distinct practices and process-based research, the exhibition examines notions of silence, concealment, erasure, embodiment, and the felt. Cumulatively, these works set in motion contradictory assumptions about place: the physical, the historical and the emotional.

As each artist explores within their work an unfolding of hidden narratives contained within place(s), it is imperative to acknowledge how these projects have been created on the the unceded territories of the  Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. There are no treaties on these lands, and the implication of settler-colonial violence, both visible and hidden, continues today in many different forms of ongoing dispossession. To live and make work within these lands, one must confront and take action against both the historical and continued forms of colonial violence, and their present repercussions.

The exhibition of a graduating project represents the culmination of a candidate’s studies, and is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts. 

All images courtesy Rachel Topham Photography, except where noted.

Presented with SFU Galleries.

Participating Artists

Caitlin Almond
Hannah Campbell
Xinyue Liu (刘新悦)
Jennifer Tham
Ghinwa Yassine

Simon Fraser University Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program provides advanced, professional interdisciplinary training in a university setting for artists in and across the fields of dance, film, music, theatre, and visual art. The program develops student’s individual artistic practice, creativity, interdisciplinary research, technical skill and critical awareness of art’s relationship to contemporary society. Several kinds of artists thrive in this program: those who have a strong background in a single discipline and value the stimulation of an interdisciplinary environment; those whose studio practice fuses two or more disciplines; and those who want to develop the theoretical or scholarly context of their practice.

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