Congratulations to Jay Tseng, Brandon Hoare, Steven Li and Maureen Song, whose short film Haida Now: Corey Bulpitt is an official selection of the 2018 Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival. This short film features acclaimed artist Corey Bulpitt reflecting on his life as a carver, on Haida material culture, and on what it means to access Haida belongings in museum collections. The video is also currently on display at the Museum of Vancouver as a part of the exhibition Haida Now: A Visual Fest of Innovation and Tradition. Our sincere thanks to Corey Bulpitt, Kwiaahwah Jones, and Viviane Gosselin.
The Making Culture Lab and students of Moving Images (IAT344) were honoured to collaborate with Kwiaahwah Jones and Viviane Gosselin on the production of seven short documentaries for inclusion in the ground breaking exhibition Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition, opening March 16th 2018 at the Museum of Vancouver.
“Documenting Haida Now @ MOV”
Acutely aware of the role public institutions have played in upholding colonial power and of colonialism’s devastating impact on First Nations, the Museum of Vancouver, alongside other museums across the country, is invested in repairing and renewing relationships with First Nations. This means revisiting how we collect, let go, interpret and display collections of Indigenous belongings. It means treasuring relationships with individuals and communities over objects.
A collaboration with the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University helped the museum document the building of new relationships between members of the Haida community and MOV. Students produced a series of short documentaries for inclusion in the exhibition. They largely feature visits by Haida artists, performers and scholars at the museum where they met the curatorial team and reconnected with the collection of Haida works. A few other interviews speak to the long-lasting relationship between the Haida, the local host nations and the city.
–Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections and Exhibition at MOV