Krista Arias: The Earth Is My Elder

Krista Arias
Krista Arias: The Earth Is My Elder
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (All day) to Saturday, May 29, 2021 (All day)

The Earth is my Elder | Krista Arias
Open Space | Opens February 3, 2021| Closes May 29, 2021
Curated by Toby Lawrence
The Earth is my Elder is centred around the film, poetry and installation-based work of artist, poet and earth alchemist Krista Arias. Her work explores the complexities of reconnecting, as a woman and mother, to ancestral homelands, while living as an uninvited guest in Indigenous territories in the USA and Canada. As a member of the Xicana diaspora, Arias' direct connection to Indigenous land, language and culture has been broken over generations of migration arising as necessity from colonial structures. She explains: "My greatest resource in cultural recovery and transmission as a mother, of finding belonging even in the liminal space of home-not-home without traditional Eldership, has been my own body-as-earth connection and awakening."
Associated prorgams will be announced soon.
Gallery hours: 12-4pm Weds-Sat COVID Protocols:
In order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 under the guidance of the province of BC and Island Health Authorities, we ask the following:

  • If you have had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, please do not enter Open Space, and self-isolate at home. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache.
  • If you are under the direction of a provincial health officer to self-isolate, please follow those instructions.
  • If you have recently arrived from outside of Canada, please self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
  • Unless you are unable to do so for health reasons, please wear a face mask at all times while visiting Open Space. If you require one, a disposable non-medical face mask will be provided.

Gallery protocols:

  • Hand sanitizer is available as you enter the gallery; please use it upon entry. 
  • Please follow entrance and exit directions and signage and maintain 2 metres of physical distance between you and others outside of your immediate group. 
  • Bathrooms are available for visitors to the gallery with an occupancy limit of one person at a time. 
  • There will be a limit of 10 gallery visitors at one time.

Please talk to the gallery sitter at the entrance if you have any questions or concerns.