ANCESTRAL DREAMS & OTHER PREMONITIONS

Cindy Mochizuki 

Central Gallery
April 20 to July 6, 2024

Curated by Charo Neville

Cindy Mochizuki’s inaugural presentation at the Kamloops Art Gallery unveils a narrative tapestry woven from the threads of her artistic journey. Through four pivotal artworks, Mochizuki unveils enduring themes, embarking on a quest of material and narrative recovery. Her immersive installations delve into the intersections of memory, history, and community, amplifying the voices of the marginalized.

Based in Vancouver, Mochizuki’s work resonates deeply within Japanese Canadian communities, both in British Columbia and Japan. Collaborating closely with family members, community participants, and archives, she excavates untold immigrant stories, shedding light on transpacific connections and invisible histories.

Employing a diverse range of mediums such as audio fiction, performance, animation, and community engagement, Mochizuki’s creations transcend conventional storytelling. From the haunting echoes of Ancestral Dreams & Other Premonitions to the dynamic reimagining of Tides & Moons: Herring Capital, each piece unveils layers of history with poignant clarity.

Autumn Strawberry, 2021, and Tides & Moons: Herring Capital, 2022, serve as poignant reminders of the struggles faced by Japanese Canadians during and after World War II. Through theatrical settings and animated installations, Mochizuki breathes life into forgotten narratives, offering a glimpse into the resilience of those who endured systemic oppression.

The Sakaki Tree, a Jewel, and the Mirror, 2020, and Cave to Dream, 2019, transport viewers into realms where folklore and dreams intertwine. These multi-media installations blur the boundaries between past and present, inviting audiences to ponder the passage of time and the power of collective memory.

Through her ambitious exhibitions, Mochizuki provides a platform for intergenerational dialogue, bridging the past, present, and future. Her art serves as a beacon of resilience, illuminating the untold stories of Japanese Canadians and fostering a deeper understanding of cultural heritage. In the gallery space, Mochizuki’s creations transcend mere artworks, enveloping viewers in a dreamscape where history comes alive.

PIECES

Victoria Kjargaard

The Cube
April 13 to July 6, 2024

Curated by Elsie Joe, Curator, Secwépemc Museum and Heritage Park

Pieces” emerges as a poignant collaboration between settler artist Victoria Kjargaard and Nłeʔkepmx curator Elsie Joe, forging a dialogue that transcends cultural divides. Through Kjargaard’s graphic compositions and Joe’s curatorial insight, the exhibition serves as a vehicle for reconciliation, confronting the painful legacies of the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS).

Kjargaard’s artworks serve as a solemn tribute to the victims of the KIRS, intertwining images of the school and its inhabitants with elements of nature. Each piece becomes a sanctuary for reflection, inviting viewers to confront the atrocities of the past and acknowledge the lives lost to this dark chapter in history.

Motivated by the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former KIRS site, Kjargaard embarked on a journey of self-discovery and understanding. Despite growing up in Kamloops, she found herself unaware of the school’s haunting legacy, prompting her to delve into its history as a non-Indigenous artist.

Working closely with Joe, Kjargaard translated her personal reflections into a powerful exhibition, aiming to spark dialogue and foster understanding within the wider community. Together, they navigated the complexities of sharing such sensitive histories, bridging the gap between personal reckoning and collective healing.

Kjargaard’s artistic process, involving epoxy, sanding, and layering imagery, imbues each composition with a weathered aesthetic, mirroring the passage of time and the resilience of memory. Through her evocative visuals, she strives to amplify the voices of the past and pave the way for a future rooted in unity and healing.

“Pieces” stands as a testament to Kjargaard’s journey of acknowledgment and reconciliation, offering viewers a glimpse into the profound impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous communities. As each artwork speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, it beckons us to confront our shared history with empathy and compassion, laying the groundwork for a path toward collective healing.

Kamloops Art Gallery hours:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (FREE admission sponsored by BCLC)
Closed Monday, Sunday, and Statutory Holidays

ILLUMINATING KAMLOOPS WITH FRANCOPHONE-INFUSED STREET ART: Artist Turbo Bambi and CSF Students Create Cheerful Mural in Street Art Workshop to Celebrate Cultural Heritage.

In a celebration of artistic collaboration and cultural heritage, French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi joined forces with the students of Kamloops Francophone High School to create a vibrant mural through a street art workshop. Located at 260 4th Avenue within the renowned Kamloops Back Alley Art Gallery circuit, this colourful mural celebrates the francophone communities of Kamloops and British Columbia. Completed in early June, this awe-inspiring mural illuminates the alley with a cheerful spirit, showcasing the city’s cultural heritage through contemporary street art.

STREET ART WORKSHOP
Earlier this June, the French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi came from Revelstoke to lead a dynamic and colourful street art workshop with the students of Kamloops francophone high school (CSF). Magali Tejada, the teacher who initiated the collaboration, spearheaded the logistics and organization, with a dedicated team of teachers supporting the project’s realization. In collaboration with students from grades 7 to 9, Turbo Bambi guided the creation of a mural inspired by the Francophone culture, using her distinctive style. The participants had the opportunity to learn techniques on mural art and acrylic painting, making this workshop an enriching creative experience.

“BONJOUR” MURAL BY TURBO BAMBI
Created by the French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi in collaboration with the students of École Collines-D’Or, the vibrant mural celebrates the francophone communities thriving locally and capturing the essence of diversity through a vivid array of colours. Appearing on the wall of 260 4th Avenue, the word “bonjour!” emerges in white on a blue backdrop as a nod to Quebec’s flag, inviting the viewers to engage with the warmth and friendliness it represents. Inspired by British Columbia’s breathtaking landscape, the mural incorporates iconic elements like the Eiffel Tower and the sugar maples of Quebec, symbolizing the coexistence of multiple francophone backgrounds within the province. Often represented in her artwork, Turbo Bambi’s cheerful characters come to life within the mural, bringing a powerful message of solidarity among francophone communities across BC.

Grade 7 – 9 students from École Collines-D’Or in Kamloops, BC with Muralist Turbo Bambi

MURALIST – TURBO BAMBI
Blending the lines from backcountry to canvas, Bambi’s passion for the outdoors feeds her desire to create. As a passionate explorer of snow, surf, and skate culture, the French-Canadian artist, based in Revelstoke, BC, translates her exhilarating ART-doorsy adventures into vibrant street art that breaks free from the constraints of realism. Each piece she creates is infused with a sense of joy and whimsy, inviting viewers to escape into a world of fantasy.

Experience the mesmerizing journey of Kamloops’ newest mural at 260 4th Avenue, where creativity flourishes, and explore the workshop and mural’s “behind the scenes” process by visiting
turbobambi.com or @turbobambi_design.

To check out more of Bambi’s work across BC, click here!

The Jaguar Gate

“The Jaguar Gate” is a mural located behind Caffe Motivo at 233 Victoria Street.

The artist of this mural, Alexx Moir-Porteous completed the project in 2017. The mural depicts an ancient South American civilization temple site.The ruins of the site have become overgrown with vegetation and forestry where a jaguar perches as the guardian at the gate. This mural features a megalithic stone wall at the front where the jaguar sits and a step pyramid in the background. Looking at this mural, it is easy for one to imagine themselves standing in another time and place. The mural draws creative inspiration from diverse cultural backgrounds to add depth and breadth to the growing downtown mural project.

Since the start of the mural project, a number of downtown murals have been painted by Moir-Porteous. Inspiration from each of these murals range from different topics and themes. In fact, many of his murals include cultural or historical references. Check out the mural by Alex titled “History of Brewing” here.

If you’re interested in checking out more of these murals, you can find a list of them on our website. Or if you’d like a free tour of the back alley art gallery, contact the CAP team to arrange a time for your tour.

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