Give Birth Love Tooth at Nanaimo Art Gallery

Curated by Jesse Birch.

Art Action Earwig is at the Nanaimo Art Gallery April 29 – June 25, 2023, with Give Birth Love Tooth, a multimedia exhibition that expands on autobiographical explorations of teeth as story-bearers. The exhibition features a 4-channel video installation of story-tellers’ conversations with Art Action Earwig, integrated with animation. The exhibition also features large print photos, sculptural installations, video projection with surround sound, interactive displays and an artbook, that combines shared stories of family, history, and lands. 

Digital Exhibition Booklet includes Lisa Cook Ravensbergen’s writing in conversation with the Love Tooth, and collaborators/contributors biographies.

A series of performances and events through the community complement the exhibition, including:

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Videography by Conor Provenzano
Edited by Wryly Andherson and Minah Lee

Photo by Sean Fenzl. Minah and Wryly stand and smile, looking to their right. They wear white tops and black bottoms and microphones clipped to their heads. In the magenta/pink background, two blue tinted teeth jump out from between Minah and Wryly.
Photo by Sean Fenzl. Minah and Wryly at Give Birth Love Tooth opening reception
Photo by Sean Fenzl. In the center of the image, In the center of the image, Tadafumi, looking down and smiling, holds a tray with glass story-element jars and wooden seed drawers, and a singing bowl. In a wire and crochet tooth suit and head tilted, Wryly stands behind Tadafumi. Right of Tadafumi Minah’s fingers poke through the wire of a wire and crochet tooth suit. Two kids with longish light brown hair interact with the tray. At the right edge and bottom corner is a blurred left shoulder and ear and camera monitor.
Photo by Sean Fenzl. Tadafumi facilitates Interactions at Give Birth Love Tooth exhibition opening performance.
Photo by Tadafumi Tamura. In a black dress, Minah squats and places a stone in the green grass between two limestone gravestones. A Stone fence crosses in the the background.
Photo by Tadafumi Tamura. Minah places stones between grave markers to acknowledge both unmarked graves and the families that were forced to leave their loved one's graves behind.
Photo by Tadafumi Tamura. A stone sits in the grass between two grave stones.

Video by Robert Hewer and Makoto Kubota. Edited by Robert Hewer.

We acknowledge the support of Canada Council For the Arts.

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