1981 The North Pole Dig  

Opening Day : Saturday 6 April    2 - 4 pm
Show runs 6 - 19 April  2019

Concurrent with
 International Slow Art Day at the Gallery
Saturday 6 April  2 - 4 pm


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1981 The North Pole Dig

Please Join Us for Opening Day    
Saturday 6 April     2 - 4 pm

Artist in Attendance
The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey was originally conceived of as a photographic book project, a study of the major manifestations of human activity in the second largest country in the world, the land of my ancestors, Canada.
The 1981 North Pole Dig was the maiden voyage of The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey.

Leaving Vancouver August 1, the dig party arrived at its destination ten days later, Inuvik NWT, the land of the midnight noon, after having traversed the equivalent of a trip to Chihuahua, Mexico. Another two weeks later the dig arrived back in Vancouver with only five of the original eight members having survived the entire trip. Much of what was learned on that first outing would serve the Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey well for most of the next decade of cross country digs.

" In 2016, at the age of 70, and after 50 years in photography I began working on the Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey again with the intent of editing down the 2,000 or so panoramas into the book I had envisioned back in 1980.
That’s what is in this show – the first six pages of contact sheets from the first dig, along with the preliminary edit pages where I
have selected, grouped and narrated the images on a work sheet. From these work sheets will come the final stories and book pages of The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey."  - H. Robideau


Henri Robideau is a photographer and cultural narrator whose practice is grounded in history and animated by the politics of our times. His lifelong involvement in photography incorporates more than fifty years of teaching, professional production for many of Canada’s leading artists and personal art creation incorporating photographic imagery with narrative handwritten text.
PLUSSaturday April 6 is International Slow Art Day
Join us from 2 - 4 pm for this revelatory experience.
"One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing."
Slow Art Day events have taken place on all seven continents, including Antarctica, in over 700 host venues.


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