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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
7 Dec 23·7:30 PM

Timelines Talk

Justine A. Chambers & Vanessa Kwan

Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue

Portraits of Justine A. Chambers and Vanessa Kwan

Portraits of Justine A. Chambers and Vanessa Kwan (Photo: Rachel Topham Photography).


In the third and final installment of Timelines Talks, artists and cultural workers Justine A. Chambers and Vanessa Kwan will present crying at work (a score for the future), a dialogue that considers how we might adapt to, address, embrace, and inhabit the future ahead.

Timelines Talks is a series of talks and conversations that invite open reflection on the future of “Vancouver.” Programmed as part of the gallery’s forthcoming Timelines project — which welcomes fifty artists, activists, community leaders, and other thinkers to speak to the social and cultural histories that have shaped the city over the past five decades — these talks look toward the questions set to shape the next fifty years.


This event is free; advanced registration is required. RSVP to secure your seat here


This event is held in a second-floor space; there are twenty-six stairs, with a landing and turn after the first eleven stairs. ASL interpretation will be provided on-site. A high-quality livestream of the event with CART captioning will also be available here.

All attendees are asked to wear masks for this event. Disposable masks will be available at the door. Please contact for more information.


Justine A. Chambers is an artist and educator living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there – the choreographies present in the everyday. Her work has been hosted by galleries, theatres and festivals locally, nationally and internationally. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

Vanessa Kwan is an artist, producer, and curator with a focus on collaborative, site-specific and cross-disciplinary practices. They are currently Director + Curator, Gallery and Exhibitions at Emily Carr University on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver, Canada). They have worked in artistic leadership roles since 2003, contributing to organizations such as grunt gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Access Gallery, Powell Street Festival and Out On Screen. They regularly write, speak and publish on art and culture, and since 2017 have been producing residency projects across the Pacific Rim (Vancouver, Seoul, Melbourne and Sydney) exploring artist-led creative exchange.