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  1. ssStillFilm, Uzuolankos 25 c, BW photography, 2009.jpg

    Esther Shalev-Gerz, Still/Film, 2009.
    black-and-white photograph.

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    Esther Shalev-Gerz, WHITE-OUT: Between Telling and Listening (still), 2002. video.

Esther Shalev-Gerz

January 11 - April 14, 2013

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Rose Wan from originally from Taiwan. Chinese Canadian at 3:58 pm Sunday, April 14, 2013

I really like the photograph and the cute clock. The photos speak to me more than the video because of the various tones. The various tones and transparent people are like time is in progressing never end.

Kurt Grimm from Earth at 11:42 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beautiful profound, particularly the southern most exhibit. I am going to return to view and to listen and soak and likely to weep.

jsjk at 2:33 pm Friday, April 5, 2013

interesting ideas ..moving

Susan Barnes at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

The exhibit about the Sami woman from Sweden moved me deeply. She articulated clearly and simply her unique perspective, and connected me to nature, culture and what it is to be human. A true gift. Thank you.

Akihiro Okumura at 4:16 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

i can not remember about my memory exactly.

Anoymous at 2:55 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013

so many projectors! i liked the one that went though to the other side. It used two projectors to make 4 images.

nasrin k. at 1:05 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013

good mix of film and static components, you make good use of the space, it is very cinematic and at the same time invites the spatial exploration of the space because you always here a halting voice in the back so you move forward to expole and to understand what it is all about

Randy at 4:42 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A very intricate concept of history explained vibrantly throughout the exhibition!

jim macgugan from ubc at 2:28 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

interesting- a mixture of ideas

Sarah at 10:38 am Thursday, March 7, 2013

So beautiful and touching. I feel as though I'm leaving having made some new friends.

sarah joyce from vancouver at 2:08 pm Saturday, March 2, 2013

Emotionally affective and fascinating exhibition. remembering annette with great fondness.

Anne Ramsden at 12:06 pm Friday, February 22, 2013

Like this exhibition so much. Very moving. Especially liked the silent portraits. Thank you.

Jin-me Yoon at 12:04 pm Friday, February 22, 2013

fabulous exhibition. significant work.

Billstein & Morgan from The United States of America at 3:37 pm Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why? / Is Matthew going to be okay?

Kamila Kolpashnikova at 4:09 pm Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thank you very much. I found the video connecting the biography of Walter Benjamin and the history of the small town very impressive.

Val E. from Vancouver at 1:23 pm Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thank you for exploring and sharing the experience of dislocation - we all need to name this experience for ourselves, and you make it visible and accessible.

Kota Takaoka from Japan at 4:03 pm Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hi, I am interested in these kind of videos. Especially, I feel that a art of three different kind of crying faces tend to provoke some projected emotion.

Edwin Zou at 4:35 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Aushtwitz piece of the survivors' reactions definitely stole the show. Extremely captivating.

GL at 12:01 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Stunning body of work. I am moved think about the depth of emotion human being are made to carry. And how this becomes entangled with the lands we claim.

hello. i am MATTHEW. at 4:44 pm Friday, February 1, 2013


John Stonehocker at 2:29 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You've given us pieces of memory, whether joyous or devastating. Amazing to be able to peer into a time, place, and emotion like that. Thank you for that experience. Though I feel one would need hours to really appreciate the entirety of this exhibit.

Anna Stonehocker at 2:25 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Very captivating and provocative. Powerful

Chae Shin at 11:34 am Friday, January 25, 2013

I don't really understand what this is all about, but I think this is fine. It's different. XD

'want to type something intelligent? do it, i'll clea n my shoe' at 12:11 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

memories of fuzzy experience clearer thoughts on cultural storage and remedies of story, made into substance

rayini krish from india at 4:39 pm Sunday, January 20, 2013

the coin video is thought provoking the hearing and listening one is amazing took me to the persons feligns in her childhood

Changuk Brandon Yang at 1:48 pm Sunday, January 20, 2013


So Young Park from South Korea at 1:46 pm Sunday, January 20, 2013

between the listening and talking was good

george stanley from vancouver at 2:09 pm Friday, January 18, 2013

Dear Esther, It was a great pleasure to meet you, and now it has been deeply affecting to spend some time with your art works. The phrase "terribly human" occurred to me; i hope you don't think that too glib. I don't mean it as a summary remark but merely as an instant of recognition of the reality you are attempting to communicate. yours, with best regards, george stanley

Herman Chiu from Burnaby at 4:28 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013


shireen cotterall from Vancouver at 4:42 pm Saturday, January 12, 2013

Inspiring to hear Ian Wallace's talk on 'late conceptualism". The position of the spectator and so forth. My grade 7 art students were inspired by Wallace's work when they visited his exhibit. The art work they created in response to his work heightened my awareness of the spectator, even being so young.

Ricardo Torres from Mexico City at 7:59 pm Thursday, January 10, 2013

Great work. Really strong pieces that have inspired me and will surely influence future work. Cheers!

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