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Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths

Discover art that tells stories of Surrey and the surrounding South of Fraser region.

Surrey is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Western Canada, yet Views from the Southbank I reveals a deep and complex set of histories and memories related to this city and its neighbouring geography.

Marking the Gallery’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition presents artwork that engages with the stories of Surrey and the surrounding South of Fraser region—its cultural legacies, individual memories, and collective myths. Whether it be the re-enactment of history through the celebrations and displays at Fort Langley, the burying of ancient history under new freeways in Installation of Micah Lexier’s A Project for Surrey (1991). Photo by the artist.North Delta, or the memorialization of the past in one of the province’s oldest pet cemeteries in Surrey, artists in this exhibition show the many ways the Southbank region collectively presents—or turns away from—its istories and memories. The exhibition features art from the Gallery’s permanent collection along with artworks borrowed from private collections. This project is the first of a three-part series of exhibitions titled Views from the Southbank that will run throughout the year.

Artists: Jim Adams, Michael Abraham, Sean Alward, Nicoletta Baumeister, David Campion and Sandra Shields, Roxanne Charles, Sanjoy Das, A.S. Dhillon, Robert Gelineau, Robert Genn, Polly Gibbons, Ravi Gill, Shandis Harrison, Jeremy Herndl, Brian Howell, Reuben Kambeitz, Micah Lexier, Suzanne Northcott, Deborah Putman, Bill Rennie, Don Romanchuk, Carol Sawyer, Kevin Schmidt, and Lenore Tkachuk.

Curator: Jordan Strom
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery

Image credits from top to bottom: Nicoletta Baumeister, Low Cloud (c.2002), watercolour on canvas, 30"x20", courtesy of artist.

Installation of Micah Lexier's A Project for Surrey (1991). Photograph by the artist.