Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19


Fri. 02.11.18 / 7 pm Touch Change

A conversation between Syrus Marcus Ware and !Kona
grunt gallery

Touch Change: a conversation between Syrus Marcus Ware and !Kona from grunt gallery on Vimeo.

Free event presented by grunt gallery

In conjunction with Syrus Marcus Ware's exhibition 2068: Touch Change, Recollective presents a discussion between the artist and Vancouver-based activist and writer !Kona.

Ware's exhibition takes the shape of an archive fifty years in the future, looking back at the present day. In it, the artist points to a historical record of black activism and presence here on the West Coast via a series of large-scale graphite portraits and documents, gleaned from his ongoing research into existing and historical BIPOC communities. His work also carries a speculative premise: that activists of different generations and geographies might meet for the first time in the hypothetical fonds of the archive. Syrus and local artist and activist !Kona will take the show as a jumping off point for a discussion around social justice, networks of relation, speculative fiction and the artist-initiated archive.


grunt gallery
116-350 E. 2nd Ave

About the Presenters

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and The Gladstone Hotel. Syrus is the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17) and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter-Toronto. Syrus is also part of Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. He is working on a PhD at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

!Kona is a Vancouver-based artist, writer and activist. Her creative and social justice-oriented work has spanned arts/cultural, queer, feminist and Black communities for over 20 years.


grunt gallery is accessed from the sidewalk via a 106” long, 64” wide concrete ramp that rises 12”. The slope is 1 : 8.75. There are no rails on the ramp. The front entrance is a manually operated outward-swinging double door with a total width of 64”. Entry to the Media Lab behind the gallery space is via a 42” wide passage and entry to the neighbouring amenity space is through a manually operated outward swinging double door with a total width of 70”. No stairs, inclines, or elevators are necessary to access the public areas once inside the gallery.

grunt gallery has a single gender neutral washroom that is accessed via a 31” wide doorway with a sliding pocket door with a door handle that is 40” high. The toilet has a 10” clearance on the left side and a 21” clearance in front, with a support bar on the left side. The sink height is 34”. Please contact us at 604-875-9516 or email with any questions.

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

Additional support for this event is generously provided by

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