3:00 - 4:30 pm
Britannia Library, Pandora’s Collective and Word Vancouver Present: Still/ed Here
Still/ed Here in the library so that we can invite individual audience contributions to the AR installation at Word Vancouver. Recorded on-site during the exhibition, and assisted to create video fragments telling the impacts of displacement on themselves/their communities adding their voices -- collectively exploring what it means to be still/ed here. These individual stories are added to the exhibit to contribute to the collective story of displacement, an issue of currency, of urgency in Canada, and in our world.
Still/ed Here is a multiplicity of the narratives of Canada about displacement and healing, created by community participation. This project draws from personal narratives on the experience of loss or abandonment of home and land due to various reasons: war, conflict, forced migration, poverty.
The anchor of the exhibit Still/ed Here, is On the Margin of History -- a collection of still/hyperphoto fragments of the voices of two poets, Natasha Boškić (Vancouver) and Mohamad Kebbewar (Syria), contained within the poetry film that is projected within the installation, designed and created by mulitimedia artist, Mary McDonald, invoking reflection on displacement of people through time.
Fragments of voice and story mimic the surreal experience of displacement -- asking us to question what is real, whose voices are telling the stories, whose writing is “on the wall”. Still/ed Here invites community intervention through the co-creation of the collective story.