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Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown is located at 630 Yates Street

Legacy Downtown is re-opening Weds. June 17!

We are so excited to welcome you back into the downtown gallery to see our two new exhibitions.

In order for you to have a safe visit we have developed a BC Restart Safety Plan that we will share with you here prior to opening.

Our new hours will be: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm and Thursdays: Noon to 7 pm.

For information on how UVic is responding to COVID-19, please go to uvic.ca

To Fish As Formerly

A Story of Straits Salish Resurgence

June 17 - November 21, 2020

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Curated by XEMŦOLTW Nicholas Claxton, UVic, School of Child and Youth Care) and Katie Hughes, UVic Department of History, graduate student.

With artists: TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, John Elliott, Chris Paul, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Jim, Temoseng, aka Chasz Elliott and Colton Hash.

To Fish as Formerly tells the story of the SX̱OLE (the Reef Net Fishery) through contemporary art, traditional knowledge and historical documentation. The exhibition shares the story of the efforts of generations of W̱SÁNEĆ people who are revitalizing the belief systems, spirituality, knowledge and practices inherent to the SX̱OLE.

To W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people, the SX̱OLE is more than a fishing technology. Challenged with no substantial salmon bearing rivers in the territory, the W̱SÁNEĆ and other Straits Salish peoples developed a unique and sophisticated fishing technology that formed the basis for their way of life. Though the Douglas Treaty of 1852 promised that the W̱SÁNEĆ would be able to “fish as formerly”, the SX̱OLE was systematically reduced by colonial systems and finally was banned altogether in Canada in 1916. In recent years, XEMŦOLTW Nicholas Claxton is undertaking community-based work that has brought new life to the restoration of the SX̱OLE that continues today. Through collaboration and reconnection with their U.S. based Xwelemi (Lummi) relatives, the W̱SÁNEĆ people fished using traditional reef net technology for the first time in more than 100 years.

Image: Chris Paul, To Fish As Formerly.

This program is generously funded in part by the Salish Weave Collection.

TUKTUUYAQTUUQ (Caribou Crossing)

Maureen Gruben

June 17 – November 14, 2020

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Inner Gallery
Lekwungen territory

'Tuktuuyaqtuuq’ is the Inuvialuktun name of Maureen Gruben’s home on the Arctic coast (known in English as 'Tuktoyaktuk'). It means, 'Looks Like a Caribou.’ The tuktu/caribou are integral to Inuvialuit life, providing food, clothes, tools, stories. In TUKTUUYAQTUUQ, Gruben works with multiple facets of the animal: the translucent heart sac, the intricate patterning of bone seams on skulls that are reminiscent of waterways curving through the land. In her careful attention to life-sustaining physical elements, Gruben also traces the caribou’s vast immaterial presence in her culture.

Image: Maureen Gruben, 2020.

Legacy Maltwood

Legacy Maltwood is located on campus at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library

Woven, Embroidered and Stitched in Tradition

Women’s Textile Labour in 20th Century Asia

Feb 8 to May 24, 2020

Legacy Maltwood | at the McPherson Library – Mearns Centre, UVic campus, Room 025 and at UVic Libraries Special Collections and University Archives Room A005

Curated by Claire Aitken (AHVS undergrad student) with consultation by Hitomi Harama, local kimono and Japanese culture expert and Yorika Terada (AHVS undergraduate student). Project supervised by Melia Belli Bose, Associate Professor of South Asian Art History with Caroline Riedel, Curator of Collections, UVic Legacy Art Galleries.

This exhibition showcases a dazzling array of luxury textiles from the University of Victoria’s collection and on loan from private collections. These pieces, exquisitely crafted in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh, shed light on women’s roles as makers, consumers, and connoisseurs between the late 19th century to today. This era witnessed monumental shifts in the production, accessibility, and commodification of garments globally. In the process, particularly women’s skilled textile labour was devalued. This exhibition draws attention to not only women’s heritage textiles throughout Asia, and their modern adaptations, it also closely considers their traditional makers and consumers.

This exhibition is part of a three day symposium, “Gendered Threads of Globalization: 20th Century Textile Crossings in Asia Pacific.", March 27-29, 2020. Full symposium details here

Image: Gypsy Wharf-Sojan Badiar Ghat (Detail: Dulali reaching for a lotus flower).
Design by Surayia Rahman, embroidered by artisans of Arshi in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2006). Photo courtesy of Kantha Productions LLC, (c) Maritime City Photography. Used with permission.

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