• Performances

Race Cards

Showing on January 23–February 2, 2019

Playing at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

PHOTO: MANUEL VASON

Selina Thompson (UK)

This is an installation. It is open January 23–February 2 from 12pm–8pm. 

“Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?” That’s number 307 of 1,000 questions that Selina Thompson has composed and put on cards; in this installation, visitors will enter the site and read as many of them as they wish. They are instructed to answer one card and copy one to take away with them.

As an art concept, Race Cards is ingenious in its simplicity; as an exercise, it’s powerfully generative; as political discourse, it’s at once direct and open-ended, confrontational and generous, demanding and liberating. Thompson gives us the freedom to choose and the obligation to think—two of the defining elements of any decent society. In this work, we are asked to face our own beliefs, our own hopes, our own prejudices—all in an atmosphere of calm and contemplation. This work is, quite literally, thought-provoking; it’s also deeply moving.

Artist Bio

Selina Thompson (UK)

A powerful new presence in British culture, artist, writer and performer Selina Thompson has roused audiences around the world with her creations. Intimate, political and often participatory, her works seek to generate emotion, contemplation and conversation in equal measure.

Venue

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

When

January 23–February 2

This installation is available for viewing from 12-8pm daily.

Tickets

FREE

Access

ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

VOLUNTEERS ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT

This visual installation is free to visit. Accessible to deaf and hard of hearing.

Credits

ARTIST Selina Thompson DESIGNER Bethany Wells PRODUCER Emma Beverley PRODUCTION MANAGER Louise Gregory SUPPORTED BY Buzzcut, Forest Fringe, Fierce FWD COMMISSIONED BY Camden People’s Theatre, Leeds Library Room 700

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