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Gallery Exhibition: Artist Carole Itter


Interdisciplinary Museum Visual arts
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (University of British Columbia)

1825 Main Mall, V6T 1Z2

Vancouver, BC

Directions: By Public Transit TransLink offers many routes to UBC, including several express services (44, 84, R4, 99). The UBC Bus Loop is the last stop for each of these buses, and is located in the central area of campus near the AMS Nest. To get to the gallery, walk west on University Boulevard. (about 1 block) until you reach Main Mall. Turn right onto Main Mall and continue for about 3 blocks until you reach Crescent Road. We are located on your left at the corner of Main Mall and Crescent Road, near the Flagpole Plaza.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.

Portable gallery stools. Large print materials available. ASL interpreters upon request. Please contact us in advance.


This gallery exhibition of Carole Itter's works entitled "Carole Itter: Only when I’m hauling water do I wonder if I’m getting any stronger" brings together a selection of the artist’s multi-disciplinary works and archival materials from the 1960s to the present. Revealing her attention to locality, language and choreography, the title references Itter’s writing and points to her self-reflexive labour as an artist, as a woman and as an inhabitant of shacks, old houses and cooperatives on the West Coast.

Itter’s artistic ethos is evident in her consideration of the places and communities that have framed her life, in her written, drawn and material expression, and in her practice of designing conditions for performance. The artist’s focus on the local was part of a shared sensibility in Vancouver and beyond in the 1960s and has found renewed urgency and wisdom in the context of the climate crisis. Itter’s hand-hewn work reasserts the presence of the body through ecological, feminist and anti-capitalist lenses, and offers insight into how humans see themselves in relation to each other and other beings in the world.

Included in the exhibition are a selection of installations, photographs, sketches, costumes, films and writing that reveal the artist’s multi-valent practice, blurring the lines between art’s traditional containers.

Posing questions around social and ecological choreography, Itter’s work asks, What are our collective and individual gestures of understanding and being with a place? For the artist, these gestures occur over time, with responsibility, with others (people, birds, water) and in threshold spaces.

She inhabits sites, forms and figures with a unique vision and material force that highlights the illusion of permanency. In the film Tarpaulin Pull (2009) she rows a small boat, pulling a field of blue made from disintegrated plastic tarps that rests on the surface of the ocean. She methodically lands the tarp, folds it up and deposits it in a dumpster. Whether performing in or out of costume, she inhabits a singular perspective of understanding that repudiates her refusal of expertise. Itter admits that she’s “an expert at looking at water” and the strength of her work is in how she has carried the load.

Gallery Hours:

Tue 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thu 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sun 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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