Access ARC News

Lost and Found
Haruko Okano, Judy Chartrand and Wayde Compton

July 22- August 26, 2006   Opening: July 21, 2006 at 8 pm   Artist Talk: August 6, Sunday at 2 pm   Access Artist Run Centre, 206 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-5pm

Access Artist Run Centre and the Powell Street Festival Society are pleased to present Lost and Found, a group exhibition by artists Haruko Okano, Judy Chartrand and Wayde Compton. Lost and Found is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative project that endeavours to give contemporary expression to many of the histories and stories of the Downtown Eastside that have been, in current perceptions of the area, largely overlooked.

Lost and Found is concerned with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as a place of overlapping social and cultural histories. The communities of Japantown, once stretching along Powell Street; Hogan’s Alley,Vancouver’s first and last African-Canadian neighbourhood; and the various First Nations communities that continue to exist in the area comprise the three main focus areas for the artists’ investigations. Consisting of residencies, an exhibition at Access ARC and presentations at the 2006 Powell Street Festival, this project seeks to give a diverse expression to Okano, Chartrand and Compton’s work.

Haruko Okano’s work is a multi-faceted installation investigating the fluid barriers of language and communication in Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian communities. Judy Chartrand’s ceramic installation deals with historical representations of race and ethnicity in consumer products, while Wayde Compton’s work investigates the importance of oral tradition of Black Canadians through the use of audio performances using turntables.

Haruko Okano is a third generation Japanese Canadian artist whose practice is interdisciplinary. Her installations involve audience participation in order to bring them to their fullest potential.
Judy Chartrand is an urban Manitoba Cree who grew up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute, and an MFA from the University of Regina. Chartrand works within a contemporary First Nations art tradition where many of her works focus on First Nations and white relations in Canada.

Wayde Compton received his Masters in Arts (English) from Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2002. His artistic work involves audio performances using recorded poetry and mixing with the use of turntables.

For more information about this project or the activities of Access ARC or the Powell Street Festival, please call Miko @ 604.683.8240 or visit or

The Project Room –
July 22nd to August 5th
Organized by Linda Henningson

“Somba Ke – The Money Place”

This exhibition highlights the process of the making of a documentary film.  It is a multi-media show featuring film, animation involving Google Earth, and research notes.

David Henningson Cinematographer, Director, Producer, and Writer
David will be showing a promotional piece involving a 3-minute film highlighting scenes shot in Canada’s NWT, Shanghai, New Mexico, and New York City.

Jason Rempel  Known as “Jwicked” Jason’s music is described as hybrids between
Electro and Hip Hop. Featuring a composition “Walk Through Shanghai”, the theme song for Somba Ke, Jason describes this piece as  “Ethnic Down Tempo”.

Petr Cizek Currently working on his PhD in 3-d landscape visualization at UBC,
Petr is an environmental consultant specializing in the integration and analysis of traditional knowledge and natural resource data using geographic information systems. Petr will be showing animated maps integrating Google Earth technology.

One Year ago a proposal was submitted to ‘Global Currents’ a new documentary strand featured by Kevin Newan for Global Television.’Global Currents’ features documentaries concerning unique blends of Canadian socio-political, Environmental and Scientific documentary filmmakers.
Accepted by Global in July 2005, production for Somba Ke started immediately and has been on going where currently a 2nd rough-cut has been submitted and where the final version is due to air in Fall 2006.

Somba Ke is a documentary film involving an abandoned Uranium mine in NWT, an aboriginal Committee seeking compensation for Dene ore carriers who died of cancer,  the current Nuclear Renaissance and the rush for Uranium, and the entrepreneur ambitions of a Vancouver based mining company currently reopening the NWT mine.


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