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Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press at The Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver

Posted 28 June 2019

27 June - 25 August 2019

Artist Talk & Reception: Friday 12 July, 6pm

The Libby Leshgold Gallery and READ Books present Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, an exhibition focusing on Banner's Heart of Darkness, published in 2015 by The Vanity Press in collaboration with Four Corners Press. Banner's remake of Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella takes the form of a glossy luxury magazine and, alongside the publication itself, the exhibition includes related work such as Breathing Bag (2016), a small kinetic sculpture made up of a plastic bag printed with a misquote from the novella that reads "Mistah Kurtz-He Not Dead" and the film Phantom (2015) in which a drone Phantom camera attempts to read Heart of Darkness as the down draft from its blades continually blows the magazine out of reach, eventually destroying it.

On Friday 12 July a conversation between Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press and Kathy Slade, the exhibition's curator will open the conference At Least Five Difficulties: A Symposium on Artists' Publishing, a three-day symposium focused on the real and potential role of artists' books, zines, and democratic multiples as a social agent in communities at large, and as a force for change within the art world. A reception in honour of the exhibition and symposium will follow in the gallery.

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Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press at The Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver