Ron Benner: All That Has Value

Curated by: Peter White

This project by London, Ontario artist Ron Benner, focuses on the issues of power, identity and history in relation to the origins, production, distribution, politics and cultural meaning of food.

Organized and circulated by the McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario.

Accompanied by a catalogue with texts by curator Peter White and Patrick Roy Mooney, author and leading activist on global environmental and development issues related to sustainable agriculture and biodiversity.

Supported in Vancouver by the Canada Council Exhibition Assistance and Visiting Canadian Artists Programs, and by the Lonsdale Quay Hotel & Market.

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Events

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm

Artist's talk by Ron Benner followed by a Reception

April 15, 8 pm

Lecture Presentations: Civil and Uncivil Societies by Patrick Roy Mooney, and  Bio-colonization and Bio-piracy: The Final Frontier by Jeannette Armstrong. Organized with assistance from the Pomelo Project, and sponsored in part by the  Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University. At Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

Installed from April 11 - May 12

All That Has Value Billboard & Indigenous Garden on the Presentation House grounds - a collaboration by Ron Benner and Mike Macdonald.

April 10 - May 9 (Mondays to Sundays, 9am to 6:30 pm, open late on Fridays to 9 pm)

The Commodification of Life, a photographic mural project installed at the Lonsdale Quay  Hotel, North Vancouver, viewable from the Market floor. This work is an abbreviated   visual history on the chronolgy of Life Patenting, beginning with a hybrid rose and   continuing with the recent attempt by the US government to patent the blood cell line of a Guaymi woman from Panama.

Inventory, a mural project installed in the canned goods section of Save-On Foods, Park &  Tilford, North Vancouver. This work traces the history of certain foods - corn, beans, potatoes and tomatoes. Throughout the run of the exhibition; open during store hours.

April 20, 2-5 pm

Gardening for Butterflies, Workshop by Mike MacDonald on the Presentation House Grounds.

Ongoing tours and workshops for student groups.

Workshop Pamphlet

 

Ron Benner, All That Has Value, installation detail, 1996
Ron Benner, All That Has Value, installation detail, 1996
Ron Benner, All That Has Value. installation view 1
Ron Benner, All That Has Value. installation view 1
Ron Benner, All That Has Value. installation view 3
Ron Benner, All That Has Value. installation view 3
Ron Benner All That Has Value Billboard on the PHG grounds
Ron Benner All That Has Value Billboard on the PHG grounds
Ron Benner All That Has Value Billboard (detail) on the PHG grounds
Ron Benner All That Has Value Billboard (detail) on the PHG grounds
Ron Benner All That Has Value, installation view at The Lonsdale Quay
Ron Benner All That Has Value, installation view at The Lonsdale Quay

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