A new podcast recently debuted in support of Conditional Belonging, an exhibition curated by ECU community member Rebecca Wang and currently showing at Access Gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood.
Titled Our Work Is These Conversations, the podcast takes its name from a quote included by artist and ECU student Taryn Goodwin in her work, The Ideal School Project — a text work on view in Conditional Belonging.
In each of the podcast’s three episodes, two of the artists in Conditional Belonging pair off to discuss some of the themes common to their respective practices, such as “power relations, kinship, resistance, grieving and healing,” according to a statement on Access Gallery’s website.
“Social practice artist and community organizer Taryn Goodwin and artist and photographer Neena Robertson talk about access, learning, labour, and self-care in institutions and their practices.
“The conversation between multidisciplinary performance collective Art Action Earwig and photographer Tadafumi Tamura contemplates … the injustice and struggle inflicted by colonial systems and capitalism, and how their lived experiences as immigrants and former sex workers animate their work.
“Red River Métis artist Maria-Margaretta and Lil'wat artist Sydney Frances Pickering discuss strategies [for navigating] colonial society as Indigenous women, such as storytelling, humour, and making art — especially beadwork — for their own sake.”
The first of the podcast’s three episodes, titled A Gentle Form of Activism, is currently available for streaming below, via Access Gallery’s website and via the Anchor platform. The podcast, which is facilitated by Rebecca, will air throughout the duration of Conditional Belonging, with transcripts available.