The Pandemic Is A Portal

Carmen Papalia / Heather Kai Smith, Interdependence is Central to the Radical Restructuring of Power, 2020. Courtesy of the artists

The Pandemic Is A Portal

SFU Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC - Jun 22 – Jul 31

by Robin Laurence

In this Instagram exhibition, two dozen artists respond to questions posed by our uncertain times. The show proposes the renunciation of a post-pandemic return to the social, economic and political policies that defined the old “normal.” Curators Karina Irvine, Christopher Lacroix and cheyanne turions draw inspiration from a Financial Times article by Arundhati Roy, in which she suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic could be “a portal, a gateway between one world and the next” – the next being a profoundly different and more caring way of living. The curators also note the conditions imposed by social distancing and ask artists to interrogate “how we form community, who we form it with, and how we can do better.”

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