This event is a part of Oakville Galleries at Home: Salon, which is a new online program where we revisit past exhibitions, programming, and our permanent collection to think about new ways to encounter contemporary art during these unusual and radical times.
We’ve had the wonderful pleasure of showing both Laurie and Jesse’s works rather recently at Oakville Galleries. Last summer in 2019, Jesse was featured in the group show Material Tells guest curated by Daisy Derosiers. Laurie had a solo exhibition with us last fall in 2019 entitled Beolle at our Gairloch Gardens site. Both exhibitions are documented and archived on our website, with beautiful photos, text, and accompanying materials. If you’d like to learn more about those exhibitions, you can visit our website at oakvillegalleries.com.
The idea for this event came rather naturally because of the way Trinh T. Minh-ha’s writing figures in closely for each of the three of us. For anyone today who is new to Trinh T. Minh-ha, how lucky you are! Firsts are magical things. To give a bit of introduction, Minh-ha is multifaceted: she is a filmmaker, writer, composer, theorist, professor, and more. Her cross-disciplinary practice speaks to how, in her work, she also refuses categorization and fixed discipline. She is best known for deconstructing claims to identity and inherited categories and looks to create new strategies for forming relations that are fluid and embody multitudes. When we were conceiving of this event, it felt intuitive to think about Minh-ha’s writing. This current moment forces us to take pause, sit still for a moment, and reassess. While there may be deeper rifts between us because we cannot connect physically, we are also reminded of our boundedness within the woven fabric of interdependency. This is a time for self-reflectivity and reflexivity and to look for the value of undefined spaces.