Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2007. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the “contact high” intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent projects with children. Giant vegetable growers, orienteers, lesbian separatists and therian teens also feature in their work. Helen and Hannah have exhibited and performed internationally, with both individual and collaborative work appearing in such venues as: The Portland Art Museum (OR), The Dunlop Art Gallery (SK), Smack Mellon (NY), The Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (YT), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (ON), Carleton University Art Gallery (ON), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (NS), The Vancouver Art Gallery (BC), The Power Plant (ON) and Flat Time House’s first issue of NOIT (UK). In Spring 2017 they will release Multiple Elementary, a book explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, co-published by YYZBOOKS and Black Dog Publishing. They currently teach at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada where they received the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence.
Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist, writer and curator. As an artist, her work has involved the production of work in public space, and she has developed a practice that is often collaborative, site-specific and interdisciplinary. Recent projects include a large-scale permanent public artwork called Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking), Sad Sack, a series of public events and collaborations on the subject of melancholy, and This Creeping Root, a moonlight garden. She is a founding member of the performance collective Norma, who were honoured with a City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art in 2011. As performance curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, she produced FUSE, the gallery’s premiere performance event, from 2008 – 14. She currently works as Curator of Community Engagement with grunt gallery, where she produces socially-engaged work and special projects, and as Producer/ Curator with Other Sights for Artists Projects, an organization that commissions temporary artworks for the public realm.
Kylie Joe is a First Nations interdisciplinary artist born in Chilliwack BC. She recently graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2017 with a major in photography and a minor in social practice and community engagement. Her work deals with big issues on a smaller and more attainable scale so as to grant access to a wider audience whether it’s a visual art piece or a community or socially engaged piece. Joe has had works in the Eastside Culture Crawl , Vancouver Art/Book Fair , and Vancouver Folk Music Festival and in collaboration with ECUAD and the Vancouver School Board she has assisted in creating after school art programs for elementary schools. Currently she is volunteering at grunt gallery where she works within the archives while also providing assistance to other workers when needed.
Chris Lee is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) and the Graphic Design Master’s program at the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam). While at the Sandberg, his work focused on speculative visualizations of (alternative) currencies, and their attendant institutions and ephemera. In his personal work and research, Chris is interested in the potential of designing speculative scenarios, objects and ephemera as ways to supply forms with which to articulate, and perhaps even prefigure, other political possibilities.
Zoë Chan is an independent curator and critic whose research has focused on youth, food, documentary, and discourse around representation and identity. Her curatorial projects have been presented at MSVU Art Gallery, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Articule, and the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). She has written for Canadian Art, C Magazine, esse arts + opinions, and Momus, among other publications. In 2015, she received the Joan Lowndes Award in recognition of excellence in critical or curatorial writing. She has a Master’s degree in Art History from Concordia University.