we all begin in water
Performance of Karine Wasiana Echaquan in front of the artwork water song (Kinosipi) by Hannah Claus during the opening of the exhibition Of Tobacco and Sweetgrass. Where Our Dreams Are, Musée d’art de Joliette, February 2, 2019. Photo Credit: Romain Guilbault.

Number 4 marks the end of Volume 8 which coincides with the Covid pandemic taking a turn for the better. Better, at least, in the rich countries of the world while the poor, less powerful countries continue to suffer much loss of life and grief.

Fear and care for the fate of the world at the Gallery Gachet is reviewed by S F Ho. New fiction by M G Vassanji looks at a family saying goodbye to its matriarch. Poet Salimah Valiani reflects on Covid journeys. Conner Singh Vanderbeek asks hard questions about Vancouver’s cultural policy shift and Hanna Claus reminds us that we all begin in water.

This issue of Rungh presents Navarana Igloliorte (Caribou and Northern Lights), Nimra and Manahil Bandukwala (Miniature Worlds) and Roger Sinha (Burning Skin) in three Artist Run Centre features.

The Artist Run Centre in Rungh is Rungh’s long standing reference to Canada’s artist run centre movement. When Rungh was founded in 1991, it was unlikely that it would have been granted admission into this movement of parallel artist run spaces (parallel, that is, to the more mainstream municipal, provincial, and national galleries). The Artist Run Centre was the stapled centre fold page of the printed Rungh magazine from 1991-1998. Rungh is now a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC) and is developing a project with the national Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA).

At Rungh, we always have our own centre.

– Editor