@ chantalgibsonartist Vancouver BC
Chantal Gibson is an award-winning writer-artist-educator living on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Working in the overlap between literary and visual art, her work confronts colonialism head on, imagining the BIPOC voices silenced in the spaces and omissions left by cultural and institutional erasure. Her visual art has been exhibited at the ROM, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Open Space Victoria, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Senate of Canada.
Her debut book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) explores the representation of Black women in Canadian history, art, literature. It won the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2020 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Recently named a 2021 3M National Teaching Fellow, Gibson teaches writing and design communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University.
Photo: B. Kadonoff, March 2021
I am interested in challenging hegemonic systems and imperialist ideas 'quietly' embedded in everyday things--from academic textbooks to kitchy souvenir spoons.
My critical art making and writing practices explore the cultural production and consumption of knowledge--whose voices are included, whose are not? With an eye on inequity, I enjoy undoing the myths, tropes and master narratives that circulate across the Canadian cultural imagination.
My art projects, education and community-based workshops, and speaking engagements encourage audiences and participants to question 'common knowledge' and consider the assumptions embedded in the cultural institutions where we work, learn and play.
Photo: Marianne Meadahl (2017)