Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo

12 June 2021 – 17 October 2021

About the Exhibition

Curated By

Nicolle Nugent

Organized By

MacKenzie Art Gallery


Kenderdine Gallery

Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo is a multi-faceted project connecting the artist, institution, and community. Composed of an exhibition, extensive public program, and the development of an accessibility statement for the gallery, this project pushes our understanding and imagination of how we interact with each other and within the gallery space in a way that creates real, fundamental transformation. 

Building on Carmen Papalia’s research and development of Open Access, Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo uses the framing of a temporary architectural structure to explore ideas of access and interdependence.  Visitors will be guided by a red string along an ascending rampoverlooking a central circular gathering space under a sound-reducing dome and daily audio presentation by artist Vo Vo. Programming for the exhibition will feature opportunities to discuss access, Disability Justice and care from a multitude of perspectives, including guest-edited summer issue of BlackFlash magazine and corresponding educator guide, as well as related performances and conversations.   

Funding support for Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with VoVo is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts. 
Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with VoVo was realized in collaboration with Architectural Designer Michael Lis (Vancouver).