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Stalkaya – Ḵ’elhmáy̓/X̱ápay̓ay
CityScape Community ArtSpace
July 24 - September 4, 2021

North Van Arts is proud to present Stalkaya – Ḵ’elhmáy̓/X̱ápay̓ay. The exhibition includes ‘Sanctuary’, a 360° immersive experience that takes you to the heart of a forest that has existed since the last Ice Age. Alongside this immersive filmic adventure is a collection of artwork, curated by Cease Wyss, that explores Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish) people’s relationship to cedar and to the ancient forests that house these sacred trees. The exhibition title refers to the name of the area of one such Ancient Forest (Stalkaya) followed by the two words for yellow and red cedar.

‘Sanctuary’ (by Damien Gillis, Cease Wyss, and Olivier Leroux) is an ecological adventure—a feast for the senses, and an implicit call to action. This 360° projection takes you deep into an ancient forest that is now under threat. Inside a geodesic dome, built within CityScape Community ArtSpace, viewers experience a 15-minute auditory mix of music and nature sounds, with a wraparound view of an ancient forest. Hosted by Cease Wyss, this is a transporting experience: from the inside of hollow trunks, where black bears make their winter dens, to the precipice of a waterfall and other magical places, it offers the thrill of true immersion.

This exhibition is FREE, please book a 15 minute slot for up to 6 people to view the film. By booking we follow COVID health and safety protocols and to assure everyone’s comfort when viewing the exhibition.  

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call our office at 604-988-6844 so that we can ensure someone else gets chance to view the film!

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