ᑯᐦᐸᑌᔨᒣᐤ   |   kohpâtêyimêw | In Contempt

ᑯᐦᐸᑌᔨᒣᐤ   |   kohpâtêyimêw
In Contempt
Opening Friday / October 21st / 6 pm – 8 pm.
Running October 22nd – November 25th  / Tuesday – Saturday / 12pm – 6pm

Trigger Warnings: Sexual violence, sexual content, references to medical settings, institutional and colonial violence.

Translated from Cree as the act of being contemptible, Aiyana Joe Wood’s multidisciplinary exhibition visualizes the nuances of her identity as an Indigenous trans femme woman and sheds light on her childhood spent in institutions that were established to subvert her autonomy and humanity.

At its core, “In Contempt” acts as a tribute to agency. Aiyana challenges the vilification of her embodiment; her strength and resilience are marked through minimalist aesthetics and bold interventions. The artworks act as an investigation of Aiyana’s past, an attempt to make sense of her fragmented memories and gain understanding through art and process. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a contemporary Indigenous experience and question their positionality and privilege in relation to the First Peoples of these lands.

To the visitors of this exhibit, the artist hopes that her survival will give hope to others on their individual journeys in life and reassure them that there is strength in appreciating where they are and being okay with who they are. To her past, present and future self, Aiyana says, “I love you the way you are.”

Join us for the opening of In Contempt, from 6 – 8pm at Gallery Gachet / 9 W Hastings Street! A welcoming ceremony, light refreshments, and food will be provided.

[REDACTED] Art Fix Workshop

[REDACTED] Art Fix Workshop
Monday / October 31 / 2pm – 4pm

This workshop explores the power of redaction, collage, and assemblage. Attendees are invited to reconfigure text, images and printed materials, exercising their ability to challenge and create alternative narratives. This drop-in workshop runs in conjunction with Aiyana Joe Wood’s exhibition: ᑯᐦᐹᑌᔨᑖᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ | kohpâteyitâkosiwin, translated from Cree as “the act of being thought of as contemptible” (of being seen as worthless, or deserving of scorn). This multi-media installation amplifies the artist’s experience of transitions, in and through child welfare documents and mental health assessments. Aiyana Wood will be present via Zoom to facilitate the workshop alongside in person facilitators Kat and Indigo.

There will also be a tabling event launching Gallery Gachet’s updated resource list and community member publications, pamphlets, and zines.

Gachet Open Call for Community Publications: A Vancouver Art Book Fair Tabling Event.

Gachet Open Call for Community Publications:
A Vancouver Art Book Fair Tabling Event.
Deadline October 19th, 5:30pm.

Gallery Gachet is accepting publications from community members to be displayed and sold at our tabling event happening alongside [REDACTED] Art Fix Workshop on October 31st. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: zines, short stories, collections of poetry, comics, art books, artist multiples, and experimental formats. Please note that participation is not paid, but all sales of work go directly to the artist.

Please submit a brief description and proposed materials in person at Gallery Gachet / 9 W Hastings St. or by email to by October 19th, 5:30pm. If submitting by email, please send work in pdf or jpeg format with a brief description. Additionally the price (per copy) that you would like to sell the work for.

UPDATED DATE – Gallery Gachet’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

[UPDATED] Gallery Gachet’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Thursday / September 29, 2022 / 6pm
Attend in person at Gallery Gachet / 9 W Hastings Street
Or online via Zoom Link :

Gallery Gachet’s AGM has been moved to September 29th at 6pm. Please join us as we hear the report of the directors, review financial statements, and elect directors to the board.

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