Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion

Featuring texts by Diana Augaitis, Kathleen Ritter, Robert Houle, Marilyn Burgess, Florene Belmore, Rebecca Belmore, Richard William Hill, and Marcia Crosby. Foreword by Kathleen S. Bartels.

Through powerful images that implicate the body, performances that address history and memory, and gestures that evoke a sense of place, Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation.

Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion comprises a selection of work that spans the course of her significant career, drawing out connections between early performances and later sculptures, photographs and videos through recurring metaphors that are as provocative as they are poignant. In Belmore’s work, the classical reclining figure, for example, is bound in cloth, suspended or scarred, disrupting an otherwise passive gaze and asking viewers to reflect on their relationship to the practice of looking.

Published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2008