Rebecca Belmore: the Named and the Unnamed

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5 from 6 to 9 pm. Show runs to April 10, 2011.

Rebecca Belmore’s powerful performances confront us with images of loss, struggle, and silence. The installation The Named and the Unnamed (2002) incorporates a video of Vigil that Belmore performed at the corner of Gore and Cordova Streets on June 23, 2002. It is in polemical commemoration of the women who have gone missing in the downtown east side of Vancouver.

Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore is an artist currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Belmore was Canada’s official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

This installation is presented at Satellite Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Faces: Works from the Permanent Collection at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia from January 14 to April 10, 2011.

We thank Rebecca Belmore for lending her edition of The Named and the Unnamed for this exhibition. The edition from the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is currently presented in, Stop(the)Gap: International Indigenous art in motion at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia.

Satellite Gallery is a Michael O’Brian Family Foundation project with partners the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and Presentation House Gallery.

For more information contact:
Karen Benbassat, tel: 604-681-8425,

Rebecca Belmore. The Named and the Unnamed (detail), 2002. Installation: video projection, screen, light bulbs. Projection screen: 224 x 274 cm. Collection: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia. Photo: Howard Ursuliak.