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To Be From The Same Tree (Exhibition)

August 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - September 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

Rydel Cerezo Andreas and I

Artist: Rydel Cerezo
Curated by: Angie Rico as part of Capture Photography Festival
August 7th to September 14th, 2020 
Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

In Sara Ahmed’s text “A Phenomenology of Whiteness,” the notion of bodies being seen or felt “not at home” in a Western “white” world, devolves and considers how metaphors of familiarity are made up on the basis of likeness. In this way, “a particular version of race and a particular version of a family” is consequently perpetuated. If we are to think of “family” as an institution, what does it mean to introduce a “foreign” body to it?

Drawing from literature and photo album making, To Be From The Same Tree showcases a body of photographic work that seeks to probe this phenomenon through the act of remembering, retelling, and remaking. Philippine-born artist Rydel Cerezo tenderly points his lens towards his Belgian partner’s family to reflect on the position of power in constructing, continuing, and discovering historical crossovers seemingly apart from his own. Initially, they learned that their Spanish and Dutch last names shared the same meaning—cherry tree. Unearthed in the process of making this work is Cerezo’s family history with Catholic Belgian missionaries and a coincidence that a relative of his partner happened to be one of the missionaries.

In collaboration with Patricia Massy, owner of Massy Books, the exhibition responds to its location within a bookshop by integrating literary works that seek to form a larger conversation surrounding intimacy, belonging, and history-making. To Be From The Same Tree is comprised of a series that exists on the knife’s edge of staged and documentary portraits. The exhibition uses the “family album” as a point of departure in addressing cultural disorientation and racial entanglement while combining moments that testify love as a process of understanding.

This exhibition is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibitions program.
Supported by a Tricera Printing Grant.

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This event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations.

Accessibility information: this event takes place upstairs in the Massy Gallery, which is only accessible by a flight of stairs.

Massy Books is easily accessible by transit! Close to the 22, 3, 8 and 19 bus lines at Main and Georgia/Gore and Georgia. There is metered street parking along Georgia, or lot parking at the Sun Wah Centre around the corner (268 Keefer).

Image Credits:
Rydel Cerezo, Gilles and Andreas, 2019, ink jet, shot on medium format, 20 x 24 inches
Rydel Cerezo, Sunday Afternoon, 2019, ink jet, shot on medium format, 20 x 24 inches
Rydel Cerezo, Andreas & I, 2019, ink jet, shot on medium format. 20 x 24 inches

Rydel Cerezo Andreas and I


August 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am UTC+0
September 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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229 East Georgia Street.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6 Canada