Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:50pm

      Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall

     North Island College

(Comox Valley Campus)

2300 Ryan Rd Courtenay BC

  Admission is FREE and lectures are open to the public. 

Any questions regarding the NIC/ECU Artist Talk series, contact Sara Vipond [email protected]



Sandra Semchuk

Tuesday November 4th


As a partner in Treaties, member of the settler culture and widow of Cree orator and co-collaborator, James Nicholas, Semchuk works with photography, video and dialogue to disrupt myths that have shaped  settler relations to First  Nations. She considers the larger more-than human world, flora and fauna to glimpse possible relationships between the indigenous and the non-indigenous. She incorporates lenticular imagery, video including 3D technologies and most recently, vocables and overtone singing to converse across constructed boundaries.

Her works have shown at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fotofeis in Scotland; the Museu D'art Contemporani in Barcelona, Spain, Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa and at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford.

Semchuk is completing a book on Ukrainians in Canada: The Stories Were Not Told, Stories and Photographs from Canada’s First Internment Camps, 1914-1920. She teaches at Emily Carr University and for the Emily Carr External Degree program at North Island College.



Farheen HaQ

Tuesday November 18th

  Endless Tether (3 channel video installation)

Farheen HaQ’s media based works explore cultural inscriptions of the body, ritual and gesture. She received her BA in International Development (1998) from the University of Toronto, her BEd (2000) from the University of Ottawa and her MFA in Visual Arts (2005) from York University. HaQ is actively involved in her community serving as a programming committee member for Open Space artist run centre.  In 2014 she was Artist in Residence at Artemis Place Secondary, an alternative school for girls. HaQ taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art (2005 to 2006).  She also works as an art educator delivering professional development workshops for teachers and educators. She curated the group exhibition Interscapes at Gallery 401 for the CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto, ON).

HaQ has exhibited her work in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally including New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Lahore, Hungary, and Romania. Recent exhibitions include Fashionality at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2012, Collected Resonance at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, Pulse Interval at Open Space (Victoria, BC) in 2010, The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Talwar Gallery (New York City) in June 2009, and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair (Miami, FL) in December 2008.  In 2014 HaQ was nominated for the Sobey Art Award.