@ chantalgibsonartist Vancouver BC
An anthology of Black art, poetry, prose, scores, scripts and silences
This anthology is a poly-vocal, visually stunning answer to the question, What are the sounds of community and how they are handed down? A home for Black art and culture in Seattle’s Central District, with this anthology Wa Na Wari makes a home for the essays, poetry, scores, scripts and silences of the Black poets, musicians, artists and scholars assembled by editors Rachel Kessler and Elisheba Johnson to wonder about the time-traveling, place-making power of sound.
Chantal Gibson is an award-winning teacher and nationally acclaimed artist and writer whose anti-racism and decolonizing work is making an impact in her classrooms and in schools and cultural institutions across Canada.
A self-described teacher-artist, Gibson’s pedagogy of kindness, inclusion and human-centred teaching practices are motivated by recollections of her own classroom encounters with anti-Black racism as an undergraduate student. As classroom citizens, Gibson’s students are asked to grapple with cultural or societal issues related to their interests....
As an artist-scholar, Gibson has reached national prominence. Her poetry book, How She Read (Caitlin, 2019) challenges the colonial classroom and the representation of Black women across the Canadian cultural landscape. Now on secondary and post-secondary school readings lists, it won the 2020 Pat Lowther Award for Best Book of Poetry by a Canadian woman, and the 2020 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC).
Gibson's Historical In(ter)ventions series of black threaded altered book sculptures challenge systemic racism in Canada, highlighting the omission of Black voices. Shown in libraries, museums and galleries, and most recently the Senate of Canada, her work asks Canadians to consider the "why" behind equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
The 3M National Teaching Fellowship was created in 1986 by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) to recognize exceptional teachers in post-secondary education. Every year, the fellowship celebrates 10 university and college educators who show leadership in enhancing post-secondary education and a sustained dedication to undergraduate education. Winners become lifetime members of the society, a national organization working to advance teaching and learning in higher education.
See Maclean's Article April 12, 2021
Written by: Linda Kanyamuna, SFU Student
Since November of 2020, Vancouverites have been consuming the resilience, energy, and beauty of Black womanhood through visual art in the form of a 240 foot photo-poetic art installation un/settled. The piece, which resides at the intersection of West Hastings and Richards Street occupying SFU Belzberg Library’s large windows, embodies Blackness and everything that celebrates Black creativity.
The artwork features stunning poetry written by writer and academic Dr. Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, and portrait imagery of artist-educator Chantal Gibson. On February 10, both Black creatives, along with SFU Belzberg head librarian Ebony Magnus, shared dialogue for upholding Black voices through art in an enticing panel that aimed to unpack the presence of Black bodies in urban public spaces...
Read The Peak Article, March 13, 2021
20th Anniversary of Dionne Brand's
A Map to the Door of No Return
Digital gathering November 3-6, 2021
Human Capital... offers insight into the impact of Canada’s immigration policies and history: how it treats humans as capital, and the role it plays in shaping the complex and contested formation of a “Canadian identity.”
Grammar of Loss, Studies in Erasure Solo exhibition at Open Space, Victoria January 2020.
2020 Online Exhibition
Thoughts on Liberation, CanadianArt June 17, 2020.
Black scholars, activists and artists respond to the present moment—Christina Battle, Dionne Brand, Denise Ferreira da Silva, El Jones, Robyn Maynard, Charmaine Nelson and Christina Sharpe. Redacted Text, 2019 in Canadian Art.