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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
20 Mar 22·4:00 PMuntil5:30 PM

CAG Reads

Tiziana La Melia presents Mary Ruefle, Renee Gladman, and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge

Online via Zoom

Installation image of Tiziana La Melia's fabric-based works. Paints and threads are embedded in a piece of pink fabric.

Tiziana La Melia, Visitors, 2020


We are pleased to announce our latest installment of CAG Reads, a book club where artists invite us to read alongside them. Each month an artist proposes text for our collective reading pleasure, culminating in a virtual hangout where the artist leads a wide-ranging discussion grounded in their chosen reading material.

This month, CAG Reads will be hosted by Tiziana La Melia. Tiziana has chosen to read four poems from Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s collection Hello, the Roses (2013), along with the essays “On Secrets: Eight Beginnings, Two Ends” from Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012) and “Proportion Surviving” from Renee Gladman’s Juice (2000).

Tiziana La Melia is an artist and writer. Born in Palermo, raised on an orchard and currently residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author of two books and is currently working on a dual language book titled I come from a long line of people who don’t use words (Archive Books, 2022); Kletic Kink, a forthcoming poetry album; and The Simple Life: A Drama Between Mice, consisting of video, confessions, drawings, clothing mood boards, and a collaborative tabloid magazine. Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include Fly Robin Fly, Mécènes du sud, Montpellier (2021); Global Cows, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2019/2020); St. Agatha’s Stink Script, galerie anne baurrault, Paris (2019); Garden Gossip, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2017-18); Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery (2016-17); Down to Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2016); and Pigeon Looks for Death Between the Needle and the Haystack, Unit 17, Vancouver (2018). Her writing has appeared in Art21, Organism for Poetic Research, C Magazine, and The Interjection Calendar, amongst other outlets.

Getting the texts

Access to all of Tiziana’s CAG Reads selections will be provided upon registration.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. RSVP to secure your place here.


This event will be live captioned (CART). ASL interpretation is also available on request. Requests can be accommodated up to 5 days in advance. Please contact to book or for more information.


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