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Re:Source - A Living Archive 1975-2015

Discover 40 years of Gallery exhibitions and events through this evolving exhibit by artists-in-residence.

In celebration of the Surrey Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary, five local artists are plunging into the depths of the Gallery’s archives to chart its innovative, colourful, and sometimes humorous history. Jim Adams, Polly Gibbons, Cora Li-Leger, Haruko Okano, and Mandeep Wirk bring the archives to life through an ever-evolving installation in the main Gallery, highlighting unknown stories, behind-the-scenes photographs, commentaries and critiques, while allowing visitors to interact with a selection of themed documents.

On September 19, the fourth and final phase of Re:Source will be unveiled, featuring new research, images, and creative responses to the archive. Each artist has selected a different theme around which to orient their research; topics include community outreach, invisible narratives, the interchange between art and society, time-based media, and multiculturalism. As the year has progressed, each artist modified the exhibit based on their research, introducing new ideas and objects to the display while expanding their definition and understanding of the archive. Scheduled exhibition programming will include an Archive Artists Panel in November.

Artists: Jim Adams, Polly Gibbons, Cora Li-Leger, Haruko Okano, Mandeep Wirk
Curators: Jordan Strom and Liane Davison with Rhys Edwards
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery

Image credit: Evelyn Roth, Salmon Run (1993) installed for "Salmonchanted Evening" on October 17, 1993.

Read about Salmon (1997), a related inflatable work that the Surrey Art Gallery acquired for its collection.

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