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Opening | Traces that Resemble Us

November 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Traces That Resemble Us
November 21, 2015 to January 30, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday November 21, 2pm to 4pm

The Cinematheque, in collaboration with Monte Clark Gallery, presents Traces That Resemble Us, a screening series and art exhibition that explores the intersections between visual art in Vancouver and cinema. Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.*

Program notes by participating artists are available to read on The Cinematheque’s website:

Vikky Alexander
Roy Arden
Robert Arndt
Karin Bubaš
Dana Claxton
Stan Douglas
Greg Girard
Rodney Graham
Owen Kydd
Myfanwy MacLeod
Ian Wallace
Jeff Wall

Traces That Resemble Us takes its title from a phrase of Jean-Luc Godard. In one of a series of lectures given at Concordia University in 1978, the auteur claimed that, in cinema, the traces of former images are found in each that follow it. Every image is a history of all other cinematic images. He holds that we — its viewers and makers — are also traces in those images, as our human history is also threaded into that most significant cultural and social phenomenon of the last century: cinema. And the artists in Traces, with their selected films and artworks, evince how these practices also are projected onto it.”
— Aaron Peck, excerpted from his essay, “Traces That Resemble Us” (2015), available to read in full in the exhibition booklet

Screenings will occur on Thursday evenings from November 12 to December 17 at The Cinematheque, with each film preceded by a special introduction. Established in 1972, The Cinematheque is a charitable, non-profit film institute dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of film as art. It is located at 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver.

The exhibition will run from November 21 to January 30 at Monte Clark Gallery, with an Opening Reception on November 21 from 2pm to 4pm.

*Works by Roy Arden, Robert Arndt, Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham will be screened at The Cinematheque; please see schedule below for details


November 21, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Monte Clark Gallery
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