Pedestrian Protest

In a new commission for the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite, Vancouver based artists Evann Siebens and Keith Doyle explore how a moving body, whether in solitude or en masse, can become a political act. Pedestrian Protest includes 24 media performances, created by collaborators, that reference histories of protest, current and past. The individuals and collectives were filmed and edited by Evann Siebens and combined into a collage of photo, media and movement. Each location, chosen by a project collaborator, is uniquely emblematic and linked to specific histories or present places of demonstration and activism. Keith Doyle responds to this mapping of the city through his sculptural intervention, referring to the precarious and temporary conditions of Vancouver’s constantly changing built environment.

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We acknowledge that we live and create on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səli̓ lwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

As white artists, with settler origins of European ancestry, we hope to humbly honour these lands with our creative endeavours. While working on Pedestrian Protest, we were privileged to collaborate with extraordinarily talented artists from many communities. We do not aim to claim their practices as our own, rather to stand alongside, as allies, to give space and voice to the artists that make up the layered project Pedestrian Protest. We asked our local community of dancers, activists, musicians, and visual artists to respond to the concept of protest. Each was asked to choose a site along Georgia Street, or beyond, and to create an action, choreography or performance that would be documented though media and photography. Created during COVID-19 through socially distant exterior film shoots, the creativity and intimacy of the experience is palpable. Many spoke through movement and interviews of how their existence embodies protest, that moving through the world in their body is a protest. Still others spoke of their quiet activism and how protest can be seen as healing and as medicine, particularly in the urban environment.

Part of our own activism has been to bring attention to performers and performer’s rights. Each artist or collective was compensated beyond CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation) rates, fully credited, and also holds shared rights
to anything involving their creative work and contribution to Pedestrian Protest. Collaborating artists also receive master copies of media, to edit and to create their own ongoing projects.

Evann Siebens + Keith Doyle

Pedestrian Protest Production Team

Lead Artists
Evann Siebens + Keith Doyle

Curator
Diana Freundl, Vancouver Art Gallery Interim Chief Curator/Associate Director

Curatorial Assistant
Julie Martin

Community Consultation
Vines Art Festival
Heather Lamoureux
Amanda Parafina

Research + Assistance
Liz Knox

Photoshop + Assistance
Alejandro A. Barbosa

Design + Detail
Taryn Sheppard

Film Shoot Assistance
Sophia Wolfe

Instagram + Film Shoot Assistance
Tamar Tabori

Website
The Future
Document Services

Pride In Chinatown Parade Team Assistant
Christian Yves Jones

Coast Salish Hawk Rattle Carving
Xwalacktun OBC

Installation Fabrication and Production Team
Abaton Projects Lts, Icon Media and MultiGraphics

Supported by
British Columbia Arts Council

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