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Memory Festival Exhibition

Memory Festival Exhibition

All ages, Free

Exhibition featuring Elizabeth MacKenzie's ephemeral and eroded drawings, All that was left; jasna guy's delicate work inscribing words onto rose petals, Withdrawn: scribing Nancy; and, Giest Magazine's archive of one-sentence memories of Vancouver, gathered from all corners fo the world.

Date and time

November 13 2012, 1:00 p.m.


Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews


V6Z 2W3


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Event details

Exhibition is on from Tuesday 13 November to Sunday 18 November

All that was left, Elizabeth MacKenzie

The materials and methods I use evade strict control—I simultaneously make and unmake these images. – Elizabeth MacKenzie

Elizabeth MacKenzie’s ephemeral and eroded drawings speak in subtle ways to the fundamental yet tentative nature of both drawing and remembering. She uses drawing to investigate questions of history, memory and identity through the materialization and dematerialization of images and text. All that was left is a ghostly, text-based installation representing words and phrases extracted from the other Memory Festival projects at the Roundhouse. This installation explores the limits of language as a vehicle for memory.

Elizabeth MacKenzie has lived and worked in a number of Canadian cities including Toronto, Saskatoon, Edmonton and currently, Vancouver. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Her work in drawing, installation and video has been represented in festivals and exhibitions across Canada, United States and Europe. Her drawings were included in For the Record: Drawing for Contemporary Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2003) and most recently in The Gaze of History at the Burnaby Art Gallery (2012). She teaches at Emily Carr University and develops participatory drawing projects for adults and children in her ongoing commitment to collaboration, writing and teaching.

Withdrawn: scribing Nancy, jasna guy

Moments of remembering are moments which reside in small acts of ritual (like scribing of text on rose petals), in the quoting of an author, in the speaking of a name, all a simultaneous touching of absence and presence: a "touch without contact." – jasna guy

jasna guy's delicate and compelling work centres on the seemingly impossible practice of inscribing words and phrases onto individual rose petals. Through drawing, photography, text and mixed-media she explores the relationship between memory, loss and mourning. Alive and deteriorating, obsessive and vital, these works question how memory, ritual and material objects inform our concepts of immortality.

jasna guy is an artist and a retired art teacher who holds a Masters in Art Education from UBC. Drawing has been her medium of choice for the past 6 years – with works on paper and mylar in graphite, charcoal and pastel. Text has become a dominant focus with the project, Withdrawn: scribing Nancy

Geist Magazine: One Sentence Memories of Vancouver

Geist Magazine has been building an archive of one sentence memories of Vancouver since 2010. Memories of the city gathered from all corners of the world combine to create a portrait of Vancouver through hundreds of poignant and pointed personal moments. Share your Vancouver memories at memoryfestival.tumblr.com

Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture made in Canada with a strong literary focus and a sense of humour. Each issue reflects a convergence of fiction, non-fiction, photography, comix, reviews, little-known facts of interest, poetry, cartography and the legendary Geist crossword puzzle. At the heart of our enterprise is the imaginary country that some of us inhabit from time to time, and which often has something to do with Canada.


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