Recollection Project

Sep 30, 2000 - Dec 2, 2000 @ Gendai Gallery at JCCC

Curated by Marilyn Jung, Kerri Sakamoto, Aiko Suzuki
Artists: Stephen Andrews, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Germaine Koh, Lani Maestro, Louise Noguchi

Five artists were given the unique task of selecting an item from the archival collection of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and to create an artwork in response to it. The artists chose items ranging from pachinko balls to photo negatives, to the vitrines that display some of the Centre’s collection. The exhibit sheds light on the concept of the collection in the context of the community ­ on what is deemed collectible, what functions as evidence of a culture and its history. It also investigated making do with what is given as a means of cultural survival, and as a creative act. The newly commissioned works ranged from paintings and drawings to video and architectural installations. Ultimately, Recollection Project casts an eye to the past, renewing memories of faces and names, events and rituals, while providing a space in which to contemplate them in fresh, unfettered ways.

Gendai Gallery officially opened its doors on September 30 with Recollection Project, our inaugural ceremony drew over 200 people and the exhibition drew over 1,000 visitors during its two month run and was well received by mainstream press.