Secondhand, 2019

Secondhand, 2019
Single-channel HD Video

Secondhand is an archive of the past, present and future. A digital accumulation of items, the artwork features an assortment of memorabilia and organic ephemera collected from the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Historical and recent photographs, ticket stubs, receipts, rocks, leaves and wilting petals scan the screen, offering a secondhand experience for passersby.

The artist’s hands act as a stand-in for the viewer’s hands, collaging a present narrative through secondhand participation, rather than a reawakening of the past. The intention is for the audience to have an internalized experience – an interiorization of the exterior. As the hands caress and arrange the objects on screen, the aim is to produce a corporeal reaction in the public, for people to feel as though they are touching the artifacts, sensing the tactile elements of each item.

*commissioned for the grunt gallery Urban Screen//Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS), Vancouver, BC, Canada,

via  grunt gallery is located on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations, who have lived in kinship with this land, water and air for thousands of years. We recognize and acknowledge their leadership and our own complicity in settler colonialism, its present occupation and its violent legacy. We acknowledge our responsibility to work actively in support of Indigenous sovereignty, and towards a respectful relationship with this place.