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Marina Roy Mal De mer

until March 25, 2017
Nanaimo Art Gallery is located one block away from the city’s working harbour, a site that is distinctly local, but through oceanic networks of distribution, is connected to harbours around the world. Landfall and Departure: Prologue is a contemporary art exhibition that responds to the harbour as a place where goods, labour, and stories are exchanged. This exhibition features the work of Doug Allen, Michael Belmore, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Heather Cameron, Stan Douglas, Elisa Ferrari, E.J. Hughes, Emily Luce and Klehwetua Rod Sayers, Max Maynard, Marina Roy and Graham Meisner, Charles H. Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Tommy Ting, Hajra Waheed.

Image credit: Marine Roy, Mal de mer, Video, 2016






Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of Black Diamond Dust, co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder. 

This publication expands on the multisite contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged local and international histories, as investigated and discussed through contemporary art, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images. 
The publication features texts by Jesse Birch, Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Michael Taussig; together with artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Culley, Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, Gray Metal, Devon Knowles, Yuanchen Liu, William Notman & Son, Jerry Pethick, Mimi Pickering, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers
Black Diamond Dust is the first of three projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. We look forward to celebrating the publication with a formal launch in the near future! 
Black Diamond Dust publications are available now at the gallery store for $30.00.  



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