Exhibition series at BAF features the March Sweater Project, Erdem Taşdelen

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On March 3, the Burrard Arts Foundation will launch their latest exhibition series that features two very different, but equally fascinating, mixed-media works.

The March Sweater is the creation of the March Sweater Project — a collective that promotes awareness in support of Vancouver’s senior LGBTQ community. The exhibition is a three-tiered work of art comprised of a portrait series, video installation, and interactive social sculpture that prompts a discussion on aging and connectivity within the LGBTQ population.

The portrait series will feature black and white photographs of LGBTQ seniors. The video installation, created by Johnny Jansen and presented in a darkened space, will include a silent black and white film of a LGBTQ senior accompanied by an original musical score composed by Cayne MacKenzie of We Are The City. The interactive social sculpture invites participants explore human connection by building a sculpture together using pink dowels and 3D-printed connectors. As such, the the shape of the sculpture will continuously evolve as different participants link their dowels together as the exhibit goes on.

The other half of the BAF’s series is Erdem Taşdelen’s A Vagrant Kind of Life. Composed during his two-month-long artist residency at the gallery, Taşdelen’s new work recites a poem by way of a slide projection. The poem, which is delivered on 70 slides one line at a time to give the effect of a poetic rhythm, tells the folk-like tale of a feral child by using excerpts of text from A Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage Man. The book, written in 1802 by French physician Jean Marc Gaspar Itard, explores the physical and moral developments of a young boy found living in the woods near Aveyron in the late 1700s.

A Vagrant Kind of Life is part of a larger work titled Wild Child and co-commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery and Cineworks. The film-based piece is set to be presented in a forthcoming exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

The March Sweater, A Vagrant Kind Of Life

Where: Burrard Arts Foundation – 108 East Broadway
When: March 3 – April 2, 2016

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