March 5, 2015

Public Art and Panel: “let’s heal the divide” – Mar 11

Biennale 2
The Vancouver Biennale invites the public and media to participate in the artwork unveiling, followed by a panel discussion on the role of public art and its potential to act as a catalyst for social change. Is public art a commodity used to promote gentrification, or does it have the capacity to transform, change and heal what divides us?
 “let’s heal the divide” by Vancouver artist Toni Latour, a site-specific neon work hung on the façade of the Vancouver Community College building at 250 West Pender Street, marks a physical division between the Downtown East Side and the commercial and financial districts that border it. The location highlights the glaring economic disparity between neighborhoods and addresses the socio-economic, political and cultural points of disconnect. In the spirit of hope, the piece calls for action, collective healing, connectivity, and inclusion. 
Wednesday, March 11
Vancouver Community College (VCC) 250 West Pender Street
6 pm – Artwork unveiling outside of VCC facing Victory Square
6:30  – 9:00 pm – Panel discussion, VCC Room 420
GORDON PRICE – MODERATOR Director City Program, Simon Fraser University
TONI LATOUR Artist, Faculty Kwantlen University + University of the Fraser Valley
MICHAEL GELLER Architect, Planner, Real Estate Developer
ROMI CHANDRA HERBERT Co-Executive Director PeerNetBC
SANDRA SEEKINS Faculty Art History, Women’s & Gender Studies, Capilano University
This event will be filmed.

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