Kyla Bourgh: ZITRONE                                                                                                                 April 11 - May 2, 2014                                                                                                                 Opening Reception:
Friday April 11, 8-11 pm
Live Stream Event:
Saturday April 26, 12 - 3 pm

Zitrone in Zurich, Switzerland is a building that houses 150 artist studios, a gallery space, an events bar, a theatre that screens international films, a free school for immigrants, a printmaking studio and an artist-in-residence program. Vancouver-based artist Kyla Bourgh participated in the inaugural residency in the summer of 2013 and returned in December 2013 for two-and-a half months to document the four-story building and its organizers. Artists working here occupy a space between renters and squatters, paying the building owner a low amount for use of the space until the building is sold or set to be demolished. Although under threat of eviction, the artists are given full creative license with a space that would otherwise remain empty or be occupied illegally.

Zurich, as in Vancouver, faces the continual loss of cultural space to development and Zitrone is one creative response to the threat of displacement. The exhibition at the Gam Gallery seeks to present visitors with both a visual representation and an immersive experience of this alternate artist-run model through photo documentation, text, original artworks created by Bourgh and a live stream event. The live stream between Vancouver (12 pm) and Zurich (9 pm) will create a tangible network between the two galleries, with their affinity for artist run and socially engaged dialogue, and will include discussion and live performances in a party atmosphere.

Other participating artists include: Saskia Widmer (photo documentation), Anasatsia Katsidis, Corinna Morell, Yves Sablonier, Viola von Scarpatetti and Mämä Sykora.

This exhibition is crowd-funded through Indiegogo. Check out artist Kyla Bourgh's campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zitrone and watch the video below.

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