January 15 2021 / 10:00am - May 29 2021 / 5:00pm

Offsite_Onsite / Resarch +Production Residencies

Artists  Nisrine Boukhari  / Shelley Vanderbyl + Curators Abir Boukhari / Angela Somerset / Denise Lawson

Over the span of time and the space between us, curators and artists have undertaken a relational practice that is mounting a collaborative exhibition to be presented June 2021 – September 2021.

Over the span of time and the space between us, curators and artists have undertaken a relational practice that is mounting a collaborative exhibition to be presented June 2021 – September 2021.

Abir, Shelley and Nisrine have known one another for a number of years, first meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba and later working together in Sweden. They have maintained connection and collaboration over time and the distances that separate them. During the Offsite_Onsite residency period, their ongoing dialogue will inform their practices.Traces of their research and development residencies are made visible through onsite and virtual presentations.

Offsite_Onsite / Research + Production Residency / Nisrine Boukhari

Nisrine Boukhari is working offsite at her home and studio in Austria, as she conducts her creative research + production for participation in exhibition at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in the summer of 2021.

Nisrine Boukhari is a conceptual artist, lives in Vienna and Stockholm. In her art-based research projects, she uses language to invoke a distinctive mind’s energy on discovering a new terrain of the imagination implicating the body and the mind in an immersive poetic and conceptual experience by using conceptual writing, fragmentation and deconstructed narrative.

Her artistic practice emerged from studying the art walking through the body’s mental-driven movement into different aspects. In recent years, she uses the drifting mind as part of her long-term research on the state of Mind-Wandering.

Boukhari creates sensorial and participatory installations focusing on body and space, responding poetically through the choreographed audience to blur the boundaries between the artist and the viewer. Like the body, language is both personal and the actual prevalence of public relations. She is researching how language through words, sound and visual interaction occupy a physical space and confirm expanded bodily existence despite movement difficulties such as in the case of exiled people.

Boukhari’s art’s genesis extends outwards from the conventional use of language to the complexity of a traumatised memory and the instantaneity of self-generated thoughts. Since 2012, Boukhari is researching on the State of Mind-Wandering, where she investigates the effects of trauma on the human psyche through the case of Mind-Wandering State and the use of the artistic practice in a therapeutic trajectory and how as an artist can create visual/textual environments where viewers experience their own perceptual processing through the art experience. Thus, Boukhari has coined Wanderism and announced it as a State of Mind; Wanderism is presented as a form of mental diversity and aims to explore potentials on destigmatising mental health issues based on her interest in studying philosophy of mind.
Nisrine Boukhari (b. 1980) studied Sculpture in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University, finished her M.A. in Social Design at Angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts Vienna). She is pursuing her art-based research internationally. She had an artist/research residency at Iaspis/Sweden, Serlachius Museum/Finland, Trapholt Museum/ Denmark, MAWA art residency Winnipeg/Canada, NKDALE art centre Norway, Art Omi in NYC, and many other residencies.

She exhibited her work internationally at MMSU Museum of Modern and Contemporary art at Rijeka/Croatia, Buildmuseet Umea/Sweden, Trapholt Museum Kolding/Denmark, The World Culture Museum Gothenburg/Sweden, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu do Chiado) Lisbon/Portugal, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde/Denmark, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam/Netherlands, Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum Casoria/Italy, and other places. Boukhari was selected as “Artist of the Year” by the Swedish Art Association in 2019. Some of her works are acquired by international museums and art institutions.

Besides her artistic career, Boukhari is a co-founder for AllArtNow, the first independent contemporary art organisation in Damascus since 2005, The co-founder of Living Spaces international festival for contemporary art in Damascus, and the co-founder of Studio1 The Informal School for Contemporary Art in Damascus 2011/2012.

ONGOING INSTALLATION PROJECTS – The offsite and onsite research + production residency, conversations and collaborations with All Art Now curator, Abir Boukhari (Sweden), local and international artists: Shelley Vanderbyl and Nisrine Boukhari, and CVAG’s curators  are made made visible day and night @ the Comox Valley Art Gallery corner of 6th Street + Duncan Ave. /  lower level window spaces​.


Image: David lawson