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Oxygen Art Centre is delighted to present the forthcoming residency and group exhibition, The Hungry Mist (A Névoa Faminta) guest curated by Rodrigo D’Alcântara (Brazil/Canada). 

The exhibition features international artists Bento Leite (Brazil), Dyó Potyguara (Brazil), and Simon(e) Jakiriuma Paetau (Germany/Colombia). During the residency, Peruvian transdiscipinary artist, feminist chola techno-witch and language activist Cecilia Vilca (Peru) joins as a special guest artist contributor.

Prior to the exhibition, Oxygen Art Centre will host D’Alcântara, Leite, and Jakiriuma Paetau on the tum xula7xw of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx, otherwise known as Nelson, B.C., for a three-week residency program from November 13, 2023, to November 30, 2023. Artists Potyguara and Vilca will join the residency program via online platforms from Brazil and Peru, respectively. The residency creates space for the group to engage with exhibition thematic and to work collaboratively on new process-based pieces that will be presented alongside existing multimedia and two-dimensional artworks in the exhibition.

The residency comprises a series of workshops developed by D’Alcântara on the topics of embodied practice and trans-ancestry to engage the artists in collective artmaking and discussion. The public is invited to take part in a workshop entitled “Drawing Flux 1” on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Interested participants are expected to gather at Oxygen Art Centre at 10:00 AM. The group will be led by D’Alcântara on a participatory walk in Nelson with a drawing workshop to follow to think in fantastic terms with nature. An online component will also be provided via Zoom. A Zoom link will be posted on Oxygen’s website. No registration required. 

The public is invited to meet with the artists and curator at an online Open Studio event on Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Zoom). This event is free to attend and will be an opportunity to learn more about each artist, the curator, and their practices, as well as their experiences working together during the residency itself. A Zoom link will be posted on Oxygen’s website. No registration required.

We close the residency program with an Opening Reception on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (In-person/Zoom). The public is invited to join in the festivities as we gather to mark the opening of The Hungry Mist (A Névoa Faminta). The artists and curator will be in attendance, both at Oxygen Art Centre’s facility and online via Zoom. The event will include performances and light refreshments to celebrate the opening of the group exhibition and the ending of the three-week residency.

The exhibition will be on view from December 1, 2023, to February 3, 2024. Oxygen Art Centre will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM throughout the exhibition run. All events are free to attend. Everyone welcome to attend.

Exhibition didactics will be available in both Portuguese and English, translated by Lara Bourdin (Montréal, Canada). Promotional materials feature design by Keiko Lee-Hem (Nelson, Canada). An exhibition catalogue including documentation, curatorial texts and art writing responding to the project will be available shortly following the exhibition close. 

This project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay. 

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Image Credit: Aribada, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau & Natalia Escobar in collaboration with Zamanta Enevia, Video, DCP, 5,1 sound, 30 min, 2022

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Julia Prudhomme

Executive Director

Oxygen Art Centre 



Program Details:

The Hungry Mist (A Névoa Faminta)
Group exhibition
Curated by Rodrigo D’Alcântara
Artists: Bento Leite, Dyó Potyguara, Simon(e) Paetau
Residency: 13 – 30 November 2023 w/ the participation of guest artist Cecilia Vilca

Open Studio: Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM (Zoom)

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM (In-person & Zoom)
Exhibition: 1 December 2023 – 3 February 2024

Curator Biography: 

Rodrigo D’Alcântara is a Brazilian visual artist, curator, film/video-maker and PhD candidate in the Art History Interuniversity Doctoral Program at Concordia University (Tiohtiá:ke/ Montréal, CA). His practical and theoretical research articulates symbolisms, dreams and counter-hegemonic mythologies in contemporary times, through personal and collective dissident narratives. His doctoral studies are supported by Concordia University Graduate Fellowship and Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence. He holds a Master degree in Visual Arts from the School of Fine Arts of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and a Bachelor degree in Plastic Arts from the University of Brasília (Brazil) – with an exchange term in the Los Andes University (Colombia). Rodrigo’s works have been screened internationally, in countries such as Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Greece, Italy, among others.

Artist Biographies:

Bento Ben Leite was born in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1990. He lives and works in Fortaleza and is represented by Alfinete Galeria and A Pilastra Galeria, both in Brasilia, DF. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Universidade de Brasília, Bento focuses his studies on painting, engraving, drawing, and cinema. His collages are what guide his creative process, addressing subjects such as violence, conflict, daily life, love, questions about gender and sexuality, and the strength of the TLGBQI+ family. Music shows up in his works as the soundtrack of metaphorical fictional images. It may be surprising to see his painting series including movie names, music albums, blogs, and memes of Ceará’s drag queen reality show. Furthermore, he proposes links between composition texts and acclaimed pop culture images. Bento has participated in multiple solo and collective shows throughout the Brazilian territory and was a nominee at the PIPA Prize 2019 and 2020 editions.

Dyó Potyguara is Rastros de Diógenes (Brasil, 1994) a proposer of performances, poetry, and pedagogical interventions in which she intersects ecologies, memory, presence, and virtuality. She has collaborated with collectives and institutions, taking part in exhibitions, residencies, publications, and festivals throughout Abya Yala and Europe, such as Campo, Capacete, Casa Mata, Acciones al Margen, Transweb, Ehcho, MEXE International Art and Community Festival, and Schwules Museum. She is part of the Ocultas collective and works with the Terreiro Afetivo laboratory of artistic and ecological practices, selected by Campo’s Várzea research grant. Most recently, she has been selected as a resident at Pivô Pesquisa 2023 (São Paulo, Brazil).

Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau is a German-Colombian interdisciplinary artist. Their works are

located between cinema, video installations, and performance, dealing with queer

decoloniality. Simon(e) studied Media Art at the KHM Cologne and Film at the EICTV Cuba.

Simon(e)’s films have premiered at Cannes Directors Fortnight, BFI London, New York Film

Festival, documenta14, New Directors/New Films MoMa, and Rotterdam, and won, among

others, the Emerging Talent Award at kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2022, the Norman Award

2022, the Best Director Award at the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival

Colombia 2018, and a nomination for the Queer Palm at Cannes 2022. Simon(e)’s

performances and installations have premiered at Wexner Center of the Arts, Berlinische

Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, HKW, Monitoring Kasseler Dokfest, Studio Я of Maxim

Gorki Theater, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Hebbel am Ufer, Cinemateca de Bogotá, as well as

the 11th Berlin.

Cecilia Vilca
Born in Lima, Peru. M.A. in Digital Arts, Universitat PompeuFabra, Barcelona, Spain. Graphic Design Degree from School of Design Toulouse-Lautrec, Lima, Peru. Grant awarded in GIS and Atlas Design at Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) – University of Twente, The Netherlands. Founding member of creative and digital heritage division, MyAP – Microscopia Electrónica y Aplicaciones en el Perú. Her artistic work is made with technology in concept and realization exploring its relationship with gender, society, and nature. From a decolonizing vision it develops in the borders of art and science, connecting ancient technologies with the new ones. Her main goal and poetic are to encourage reflection through revelation using technology. She has already participated in six Artist-in-Residency Programs in Mexico, Bolivia, and Brazil. Cecilia was a member of the Independent International Program Committee of ISEA2020 and is a reviewer for the Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. She has exhibited and organized exhibitions and lectured in Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain, Cuba, Chile, Norway, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Austria and USA.6_OAC_Aribada_Still 2_by Luciana Riso_© Paetau & Escobar.jpgOxygen_HungryMist_Social 23.10.12 FINAL.jpg



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Oxygen Art Centre acknowledges with gratitude that we are located on the tum xula7xw/ traditional territory of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx/the Sinixt People. As uninvited guests we honour their ongoing presence on this land. We recognize that the Sylix, Ktuxana, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples are also connected with this land, as are Métis and many diverse Indigenous persons.

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