A photograph of a theatre stage that shows numerous backdrop structures, some green, some yellow, and some with flowers falling over the top. Some structures form a rectangular roof, while others are round portals.

Spectacular ever-changing sequence of theatrical backdrops in this multimedia installation about performance and labour.

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Josh Hite: A Vista documents a performance of the same name which took place at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre in 2019, one of Canada’s few remaining theatres with a hemp house rigging system. The Massey Theatre becomes the stage for an ever-changing sequence of painted theatrical backdrops—an attempt to partner with the theatre’s collective movement possibilities and limits. In Hite’s multimedia artwork, the labour that ordinarily marks a transition between scenes becomes the star of the show.


Curator: Rhys Edwards
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery