Visitors check out Brendan Fernandes’ Voo Doo You Doo Speak installation at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Visitors check out Brendan Fernandes’ Voo Doo You Doo Speak installation at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Take a tour with Surrey gallery curator

Be part of a conversation about the art of translation on Nov. 10.

The Surrey Art Gallery is hosting an informal tour of its three fall exhibitions on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Leading the tour is the gallery’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Jordan Strom, who will provide background on the distinct approaches and techniques of the many artists whose work is featured in the exhibitions Brendan Fernandes: Disscontinent and Dipna Horra: Dhunia – Part One, and the group exhibition Finding Correspondences.

These exhibitions explore the role of language translation and cross-cultural translation, which have been so important for the formation of individual and group identities in contemporary life.

There will be time for refreshments and conversation after the tour. Admission to the event is by donation. Surrey Art Gallery Association members are free.

The tour will examine how and why the particular artworks on display were chosen for the exhibitions, illustrate interesting stories about how the artworks relate to the artists’ previous work, and illuminate the many ideas explored in the exhibitions.

Both regular tour participants and first-time gallery visitors are encouraged to ask questions and share their responses to the artworks.

What will those on the tour see? In Finding Correspondences, Tony Romano’s Imagine Band (2009) translates the lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine into ten different languages before being translated back into English, with the updated version performed by the artist and recorded on a vinyl record.

Among Brendan Fernandes’ artworks is a piece titled Voo Doo You Doo Speak, which surrounds the viewer with a series of flashing video animated “Zulu head” totems that speak Dada-like poetry.

Dipna Horra’s sound art installation uses found architectural forms to transmit a tale recounted in Punjabi of the Goddess Parvati’s quest for material wealth.

The Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/arts

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