Sites of Assembly

June 23-August 13, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, June 29, 6-9 pm

Exhibit tour with Lorna Brown, Gabrielle Moser and Cheyanne Turions:
Thursday, June 29 at 7 pm
Outdoor art tour to James Hart’s Reconciliation Pole:
Thursday, June 29 at 8 pm
Weekend exhibition tours:
Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm

Co-curated by Gabrielle Moser and Lorna Brown, the exhibition features photographic works from the Belkin’s permanent collection, the private collection of AHVA professor John O’Brian and the research archive of Marcia Crosby. Focusing on practices of photography as simultaneously art and document, the exhibition is ordered around several themes: propositions for the use of public space, whether through buildings, artworks or social activities; the surveillance of the public and performances for the camera; and the way that photographic records create potential histories for Vancouver.

The photograph – as an encounter between the photographer and the photographed – offers a way to re-read the past as unfinished, in flux and not yet normative, and to imagine a future that might produce a different set of relations between social subjects.

At the same time, the exhibition launches a series of investigations of the public realm of the UBC campus as new buildings and re-formed landscapes shift the meanings of works in the Outdoor Art Collection. A revised self-guided tour booklet of UBC’s Outdoor Art Collection will be available and video responses to several works in the collection by local artists and writers will be launched on the Gallery’s website. A publication will accompany the exhibition with writing by Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby, Gabrielle Moser and John O’Brian.

The Belkin’s exhibitions and publications are made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the individuals who donate works of art to our collection. New initiatives to animate the Outdoor Art Collection are made possible with the support of the Province of British Columbia | Canada 150 Fund. We are grateful to John O’Brian and Marcia Crosby for their generous loan of works from their collections.


For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689


Image: Sylvia Grace Borda, Hunter Secondary School Complex, East Kilbride, from the EK Modernism series, 2005-06