A Space Gallery is pleased to be open after months of closure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our artists, staff, board, community, and collaborators. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery. Please perform a self check before visiting. Wear a mask at all times within the gallery. Use hand sanitizer upon entering the gallery. Maintain physical distancing within the gallery and follow staff recommendations.

Proudly presented by A Space Gallery and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens and Intimacies II spans 2013-2021. It focuses attention on many of the talented artists working with time, screen, body, knowledge and projection. Louisa Afoa, DB Amorin, Pelenakeke Brown, Talia Smith, Christopher Ulutupu and Brian Fuata’s recent works process the difficulties resulting from colonial displacement and diaspora, as well as the visual and performative languages held within bodies and places that are cherished. Isi offers an ephemeral commission based on meditations on the perenniality of embodied knowledge through arresting the archive of American, German and British documentation of Sāmoan and ‘Uvean cultures, weighted as they are by hierarchies of race, class, power and anthropology. Sāmoan filmmakers and media artists living around the world testify through these works to the complexity of navigating the present colonial order and projecting into sovereign futurities to come. Click the link for more information about the first chapter of the exhibition, Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens and Intimacies I presented in 2020.

A Space is thrilled to launch the online initiative Studio Practices: Commissioned Artist Videos for the Online Screen Space running until December of 2021. The gallery has commissioned a small program of short videos by artists who have recently shown in our space: Jason Baerg, Carole Conde and Karl Beveridge with Jim Miller, Jorge Lozano, MORTIFIED (Jenn Goodwin and Camilla Singh), Winnie Truong, Shaheer Zazai. We hope that sharing works from our community will help us feel more connected.

In the A Space vitrines we are happy to Matatag: Filipina Care Workers During COVID-19 running October of 2021 to January 2022. Matatag — steadfast amidst challenges — is a photo series by Filipina nurses, personal support workers, and in-home caregivers during COVID-19. Using participatory action research and photovoice, care workers captured everyday moments of struggle while caring for the most vulnerable. They did so despite pandemic-related challenges, such as a lack of PPEs and sick days, intensified working requirements and precarious citizenship. Through kwentuhan (talk-story) sessions, they highlight what it is like to navigate work, immigration processes, and family separation and reunification. Above all, their narratives of hope, faith, and strength shine through.

We regret the interruption to Basic Instructions Before Leaving Everything, multidisciplinary artist Timothy Yanick Hunter’s first solo show, curated by Sarah-Tai Black. We look forward to reopening the show in January 2022. Utilizing strategies of bricolage and collective narrativization, Hunter’s work explores the effects of non-neutral relationships and intersections on Black and Afro-diasporic experience as well as concurrent strategies of decolonization.

The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation is an important resource for cultural and intellectual black diasporic artistic practice and representation in Canada. Building on A Space’s history and our ongoing work with Dr Andrea Fatona we applaud her incredible research.

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