@ chantalgibsonartist Vancouver BC
@ 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.
A 2021 3M National Teaching Fellow, Gibson teaches writing and design communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University.
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)
I am interested in challenging imperialist ideas 'quietly' embedded in everyday things. 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 arts-education 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.
Solo Art Exhibitions (2019 -2022)
un/titled. Portraits. Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP) 1129 E. Hastings, Vancouver. September 24 to November 26, 2022
The Other James Baldwin. Online exhibition and documentary at London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) October 26- October 30, 2020.
The Grammar of Loss: Studies in Erasure (2020). Engaged Residency and Exhibition Open Space Victoria, BC. February 21 –March 11, 2020.
How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire (2019). Engaged Residency and Literary/Art Exhibition Open Space Victoria, BC. January 13 – February 26, 2019.
How She Read: (re)Visiting my Mother’s Nova Scotia (2019). Solo Literary/Art Exhibition Ross Creek Arts Centre, NS February 1– March 26, 2019.
Nostalgia Interrupted. Doris McCarthy Gallery. University of Toronto Scarborough. September 15 to December 10, 2022. Curator: Ingrid Jones
Historical In(ter)ventions in Human Capital, Contemporary Calgary, October 20, 2022 to January 29, 2023 and Confederation Centre Art Gallery, from June 2023 to October 2023. Curator: Tak Pham, MacKenzie Gallery.
Studies in Erasure (altered texts) in The Chorus is Speaking, Campbell River Art Gallery, June 4 to August 20, 2022
“… yet there is all this” (2021) in Thresholds. A digital project commissioned as part of A Map to the Door of No Return at 20: A Gathering, York University, November 3-6, 2021 https://www.thresholdsproject.com
Souvenir v2 (2021) in Sankofa. Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. November 4, 2021 to March 27, 2022.
Souvenir v1 (2018) in Tyranny. Permanent collection exhibition. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax. July 2021—
Who’s Who? (2014) C. Gibson with Y. Akinbolaji in Honouring Black Canadian Artists, Senate of Canada. Curator: Sen. P. Bovey. September 2020 – June 2021.
Altered Texts (2019-2020) in Where do we go from here? Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver. December 2020 – March 2021.
Historical In(ter)ventions in Human Capital, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina Sask. December 2020 – April 2021.
The Other James Baldwin Documentary (2020) in Holding Space Series, 10 Black Canadian Artists at LOMAA (London Ontario Media Art Association) October 26 – November 7, 2020.
Souvenir (2017) in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art. Curator: Silvia Forni. ROM Toronto, January 26-April 20, 2018, and Montreal Musee des Beaux-Arts May – September, 2018.
Un/settled. Literary-art Installation with Dr. Otoniya J. Okot Bitek & Ebony Magnus. SFU Belzberg Library, November 2020 – November 2021.
TOME: Passages in Black History, University of Victoria Library, Jan 13 – Feb 26, 2019.
MORPH: Change the Story. Vancouver Public Library Inaugural Exhibition, Oct 2018 – Apr 2019.