Traces That Resemble Us

The Cinematheque, in collaboration with Monte Clark Gallery, presents Traces That Resemble Us

FILM: Nov. 12, 2015 – Dec. 17, 2015;  ART: Nov. 21, 2015 – Jan. 30, 2016

Opening Reception: Monte Clark Gallery, Nov. 21 at 2pm

The Cinematheque, in collaboration with Monte Clark Gallery, presents Traces That Resemble Us, a screening series and art exhibition that explores the intersections between visual art in Vancouver and cinema. Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.

Participating artists include Vikky Alexander, Roy Arden, Robert Arndt, Karin Bubaš, Dana Claxton, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Owen Kydd, Myfanwy MacLeod, Ian Wallace, and Jeff Wall.

Screenings will occur on Thursday evenings from November 12 to December 17 at The Cinematheque, with each film preceded by a special introduction.

The art exhibition will run from November 21 to January 30 at Monte Clark Gallery, with an Opening Reception on November 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Monte Clark Gallery is located at 105 – 525 Great Northern Way, Vancouver.

To coincide with Traces That Resemble Us, participating artist Karin Bubaš has produced a limited-edition print inspired by her film choice, The Night of the Hunter. Click for more details.

“Traces That Resemble Us takes its title from a phrase of Jean-Luc Godard. In one of a series of lectures given at Concordia University in 1978, the auteur claimed that, in cinema, the traces of former images are found in each that follow it. Every image is a history of all other cinematic images. He holds that we — its viewers and makers — are also traces in those images, as our human history is also threaded into that most significant cultural and social phenomenon of the last century: cinema. And the artists in Traces, with their selected films and artworks, evince how these practices also are projected onto it.” – Aaron Peck, excerpted from his essay “Traces That Resemble Us” (2015), available to read in full in the exhibition booklet.