Exhibition: In Search of Fire

Republic Gallery
732 Richards Street, Third Floor
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3A4
Nov 19 – Jan 24, 2016

In Search of Fire is a new body of work incorporating painting, drawing, and video.  This project explores stock and mediated images of house fires, and how their circulation online creates new and unexpected narratives.  Of particular interest are images found on meme-generator websites or other media sharing platforms that provide blanket representations of disaster.  The images may begin as documents of real life events, but are later appropriated into different contexts that blur the line between a perceived and constructed reality.

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Publication: Gwenessa Lam 2004-2014

Publication Launch
Gwenessa Lam: 2004 – 2014

Paperback, 42pp
Published by Republic Gallery

Republic Gallery is pleased to announce the release of Gwenessa Lam: 2004 – 2014, the first monograph of work by Gwenessa Lam. Released on the occasion of her fourth solo exhibition at Republic Gallery,  Gwenessa Lam: 2004 – 2014 positions the artist’s interests within political, philosophical and social contexts. The full-colour paperback publication includes essays by Liz Park and Kathleen MacQueen, and reproductions spanning the artist’s production over the last ten years.To purchase, please contact the gallery at info@republicgallery.com or 604-632-1590.

Exhibition: Mongrel Histories

November 15 – December 20, 2014

Republic Gallery
732 Richards Street, Third Floor
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3A4

Republic Gallery is pleased to present Mongrel Histories, a solo show of new works on paper by Gwenessa Lam. Lam’s drawings and paintings explore the history of the Kaiping Diaolou, late 19th century multi-storey homes located in Kaiping county, Guongdong, China. These fortress-like defensive buildings were designed to protect against theft and banditry, and are significant for their distinct fusion of architectural styles, exemplifying the impact of emigration in regions such as South Asia, Australasia, and North America. 


Exhibition: Edge State (Gwenessa Lam and Matilda Aslizadeh)

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September 5 – October 4, 2014

Centre des Arts Actuels Skol
372, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, espace 314
Montréal, QC H3B 1A2

Project Description

When a line becomes a wall and a circle becomes a fortress­­

What is the shape of an edge?

In architectural drawing, a line demarcates a space that can separate or enclose a body.  A simple boundary line can guide or constrict the movement of entire communities.   However, within every wall there are cracks, fissures, and trespasses.  The works of Matilda Aslizadeh and Gwenessa Lam inhabit such boundary spaces as “edge states.”  Their images question the resiliency of defensive structures, as they exist between the spectrum of triumph and ruin, deterioration and transformation.  Walls and towers have historically marked the borders of a nation’s territory and sovereignty.  Aslizadeh and Lam revisit such barriers as mutable spaces.

The exhibition is composed of a video installation by Matilda Aslizadeh, and paintings and drawings by Gwenessa Lam.

Exhibition essay available by Marina Roy

Photo: Guy L’Heureux

Exhibition: Painting Project, Galerie de L’UQAM

Photo credit: Louis-Phillipe Côté

Le Projet Peinture /The Painting Project

May 1 – July 6, 2013

Galerie de L’UQAM
Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Judith-Jasmin
1400 Berri Street (corner of St. Catherine Street), Room J-R120
Montreal (Quebec)
Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 pm
Free admission

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Commissaire/Curator: Julie Bélisle

Commissaire générale/General curator: Louise Déry

Avec la collaboration de / With the collaboration of: Marie-Eve Beaupré

Production: Galerie de l’UQAM

Volet 1 / Part 1: 1er mai au 1er juin / May 1st to June 1st , 2013

Vernissage/Opening: 30 avril / April 30

Hugo Bergeron (QC), Jack Bishop (NE), Marie-Claude Bouthillier (QC), Tammi Campbell (SK), Thomas Chisholm (BC), Louis-Philippe Côté (QC), DaveandJenn (AB), Pierre Dorion (QC), Mario Doucette (NB), Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber (MB), Graham Gillmore (BC), Cynthia Girard (QC), Clint Griffin (ON), Dil Hildebrand (QC), Daniel Hutchinson (ON), Wanda Koop (MB), Gwenessa Lam (BC), Stéphane La Rue (QC), Maclean (QC), Christine Major (QC), Sandra Meigs  (BC), Chris Millar (AB), Kent Monkman (ON), Tim Moore (SK), Paul P. (ON), Brad Phillips (ON), Team Macho (ON), Julie Trudel (QC), Carol Wainio (ON)

Volet 2 / Part 2: 7 juin au 6 juillet / June 6 to July 6, 2013

Vernissage/Opening: 6 juin / June 6

Melanie Authier (ON), Mike Bayne (ON), Simon Bilodeau (QC), Jérôme Bouchard (QC), Anthony Burnham (QC), Sarah Cale (ON), Arabella Campbell (BC), Kim Dorland (ON), Pierre Durette (QC), Dorian FitzGerald (ON), Sky Glabush (ON), Kym Greeley (TN), Jeremy Hof (BC), Chris Kline (QC), Jessica Korderas (NE), François Lacasse (QC), Jean-François Lauda (QC), Norma Jean MacLean (IPE), Elizabeth McIntosh (BC), Jason McLean (BC), Michael Merrill (QC), Shaun Morin (MB), Andrea Mortson (NB), Wil Murray (AB), Ben Reeves (BC), Francine Savard QC), Justin Stephens (QC), Beth Stuart (ON), Joseph Tisiga (YK), Ehryn Torrell (NE), Janet Werner (QC)


The Painting Project proposes to delineate the practice of painting in Canada for a wide audience, based on exhaustive research in a didactic register and with a selection of 60 works by as many artists. The ambition of this initiative is to provide a broader view of painting in Canada by founding a “panorama in the making”, according to 4 sections: the figure of reality, emanating from the procedures of figuration, in line with the great painting traditions; fictional worlds, arising from figurative undertakings with content that is either symbolic—inspired by cartoons, comic strips, graphic novels, the media or commercial illustration—or 100 per cent computer-based; painting as the subject, where, by means of quotation, gesture and abstraction, “how to paint” becomes the subject matter; and, finally, hybrid practices, in which painting develops in osmosis with other art disciplines to produce object-paintings, writing-paintings and photograph-paintings.

Catalogue: 340 pages, français et anglais / French and English

Essais de/Essays by : Louise Déry, Julie Bélisle, Robin Anthony, Nicolas Mavrikakis, Jonathan Shaughnessy