From January 13 to February 26, Open Space presents Chantal Gibson’s visual and text art exhibition How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire.
Gibson is a Vancouver-based artist and educator whose work plunges into the fraught territory of school texts and history books with a sewing needle and re-works historical Canadian texts with black thread in order to revise our ideas of history, nationhood, and how we read. Through altered book sculptures that ensnare the texts with braids and thread, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Gibson’s work asks us to consider the voices, stories, and bodies that have been erased or excluded from historical narratives and proposes material ways in which we can resist those historical erasures.
Artist takes on Colonial Culture with Installation at Open Space. Read this Times Colonist Article by Mike Devlin, January 10, 2019.
Solo show at Defiance College Women's Gallery, Defiance Ohio
Mixed media installation. SFU Surrey Library (2014). Vancouver Public Library (2015).
Group exhibit Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal.
Group exhibition ROM 2010.