05. January 2018 - 19:00
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Ghost Spring opening reception & performances | grunt gallery | Friday, 05. January 2018

Exhibition Dates: Various Performances from Jan. 5 to Feb. 17, 2018 see below:

Saturday, January 13, 2 – 5 PM at Mountain View Cemetery Celebration Hall & Courtyard off Fraser
Saturday, January 20, 2 – 5 PM at grunt gallery
Saturday, January 27, 2 – 5 PM at grunt gallery

Mountain View Cemetery:


In January of 2018, grunt gallery will produce the exhibition “Ghost Spring” a two-person show by Dilara Akay and Derya Akay looking at funeral practices within their own family in Turkey, passing down information from one generation to the next. This mother and son team re-creates the rituals around death for some lives who are not considered grievable. The artists will produce an installation and a series of activations that explore ways to deal with ghosts/griefs of many geographies/generations and experience ways to coexist— focusing especially on food that is presented to, and eaten for, the dead. The works in the gallery include garlands and flowers, texts and drawings as offerings to their ancestors.

Derya Akay (b, 1988, Turkey) is an artist living in Vancouver.


Dilara Akay, born in (’63) Adana, Turkey lives and works in Göcek, Turkey.


*Accessibility: The last 2 Saturday events are accessible at grunt is parking in front of the gallery and our hallways are wide enough for wheelchairs & walkers, there are double doors and a ground floor entrance to our main gallery, as well as wheelchair accessible bathrooms. We do not have an ASL interpreter. Any persons requiring any further assistance should contact communications@grunt.ca and ask for Leena.
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  • Please note that the happening this Saturday, January 13 between 2 - 5 PM will take place at the Mountain View Cemetery Celebration Hall & Courtyard off Fraser, not at the grunt gallery. Please bring shakers, noisemakers, pots & pans for the walk around the around the cemetery.
  • Go here to read a short article & hear the radio interview with CBC News Margaret Gallagher conducted with Dilara and Derya Akay about their exhibition, Ghost Spring. Looking forward to seeing you all here! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/turkish-mother-son-duo-examine-death-in-ghost-spring-1.4472928
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