What Moves Us—referring to both motion and emotion—was an exhibition that explored our physical and social relationship to a world of rapidly moving images, goods, and bodies through five video works. With interviews, performances, and video collages, the artists in this exhibition provided personal and intimate articulations of movement pointing to larger global politics of mobility that are informed by historical, political, and economic factors. The exhibition explored various psychic states of being ungrounded.

In a climate marked by state-encouraged fear of transient populations, the artists’ personal accounts brought to the surface individual experiences that rarely emerge in discussions of global politics, especially in relation to issues of mobility. The featured works demonstrated how the movement of people reaches through space and time, and alters the geography of human relations.

This exhibition marked the Vancouver premiere of Jin-me Yoon’s 2003 video installation Unbidden, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy’s video work Mission to Kumasi, and Aleesa Cohene’s 2003 single-channel video All Right. Jayce Salloum presented part 3a: occupied territories and part 3b: (as if) beauty never ends… from his ongoing untitled series, and Terrance Houle and Trevor Freeman created a video based on their 2008 performance series Portage.

Exhibition programming included a dim sum lunch in the Grand Luxe Hall, followed by talks by the artists and curator Liz Park.

Curated by Liz Park.

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