Gabi Dao

Gabi Dao (b. 1991) is an artist and co-organizer at Duplex, a DIY project space + studio collective based the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her interdisciplinary practice insists on counter-memory, intimacy, hyphenation, multiple truths and blurred temporalities through the pursuit of sculpture, installation, moving image and sound. She prioritizes complications, questions and productive confusions against the aesthetic systems of homogeneity, complicity and control. Often, her work begins with interests in ‘patchwork’ conceptions of time and materiality, tracing histories of the everyday through themes of globalization, consumption, belief and belonging. She has recently exhibited at the Kamias Triennale, Quezon City, Philippines (2020); the Nanaimo Art Gallery (2017) and Vancouver institutions such as grunt gallery, Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery (both 2019); the Western Front, Artspeak (both 2017); 221a and Spare Room (both 2015).

News

shortlist, 2021 Sobey Art Award, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), October 2021 - January 2022

current group exhibition (with John Brennan & Elisa Ferrari), Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo, Vancouver Art Gallery, until 2 January 2022

Exhibitions

SOOT (2017)

Crocodile Tears (2020)

Sorry (2020)

Soothsay (2020)

Press

Artforum

CV

Please contact the gallery for links to films & videos by the artist

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i and you, you and i, 2019 (detail) tempered glass, beaded curtain, aluminum,

UV reducing vinyl, transducer, audio, 193cm x 86cm x 121cm

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i and you, you and i, 2019 (detail)

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a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

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a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

i and you, you and i, 2019, tempered glass, beaded curtain, aluminum,

UV reducing vinyl, transducer, audio, 193cm x 86cm x 121cm

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a sentimental dissidence, installation view, grunt gallery (Vancouver)
multi-media sound, video and sculpture installation, bench, carpet, coloured lighting, dimensions variable

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ode to you, 2019 (detail) empty cans of coconut water, dried bladder cherry flowers,

photograph, LED lights behind the video screen, dimensions variable

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Coco Means Ghost, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 25m24s

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Coco Means Ghost, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 25m24s

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver),

video and sculpture installation, beaded curtains, carpet, cushioned seating, dimensions variable

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver)

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019, installation view, Audain Gallery (Vancouver)

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1 and Ch.2, 2019 (detail) beaded curtains, 356cm x 906 cm x 1cm

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 12m50s

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019 (still)

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.1, 2019 (still)

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Excerpts from the Domestic Cinema Ch.2, 2019 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 13m08s

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How difficult it is to keep our records clean (innocent record, technical dirt), 2018 (detail) animatronic

hand, acrylic nails and accessories, bamboo, lens cleaning cloths, dimensions variable

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How difficult it is to keep our records clean (innocent record, technical dirt), 2018 (detail)

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The Protagonists, 2018 (still) HD video and stereo sound, 08m09s

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The Protagonists, 2018 (still)

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Many, Looks, Work, 2017 (detail) acrylic nails and accessories, gelatin, makeup, dirt, other bits of detritus, copper wire, micas, clays, jumper cables, jewellery chain, chain from broken lighting fixture, false eyelashes, nail polish, sowing pins, dried white prune, dried flowers, knotty pine, dimensions variable

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Many, Looks, Work, 2017 (detail)

Polished Like a Shell, Curled Up in a Spiral and Voices Tuned, 2017, installation view, Artspeak (Vancouver)
CNC milled polystyrene foam, epoxy, minerals, clays, wood filler, matching radio receivers, pirate radio transmission, dimensions variable

Curled Up in a Spiral and Voices Tuned, 2017

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Figure of the Ear at the Centre of Machine, 2015, assorted microphones, mixer, powered speakers, field recorder, MDF, framing lumber, assorted textiles, carpet, some clothing, jumper cable, a collection of bottles and kitchenware, clothing hanger, LED lights, sandpaper, cardboard tube, paper, polystyrene, fake nails, metal rod, non-perishable groceries, bits of plastic, drill, rice, dried beans, assorted sheets of plastic and metal, paper, make up, an orange, glove, rubber ball, a small collection of ceramic vessels, glass vase, fan, bag of starch, guitar strings, dimensions variable

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Figure of the Ear at the Centre of Machine, 2015 (detail)