Fathom Sounds is Alana Bartol, Kat Morris, Genevieve Robertson, Nancy Tam and Jay White, 2019-ongoing
As five multidisciplinary artists, we have come together to think long term about the health of water and the role we play in responding to urgent ecological, political and social issues that collect around water.
Átl’ka7tsem, or Howe Sound, is a fjord in Skwxwú7mesh Territory, British Columbia, just north of Vancouver, where orca and herring are returning here after decades of freedom from the disruptive sounds of marine traffic. The area is currently facing the possibility of a liquid fracked gas pipeline, a waterborne LNG storage facility, and regular mega-tanker traffic that would deliver the LNG overseas. In these waters, oil flow threatens to overlap with poorly regulated waterways, wild salmon, orcas, microorganisms, indigenous territory, and the towns of Squamish, Lions Bay, Bowen Island, Horseshoe Bay, and West Vancouver. This project developed out of a 2018-19 British Columbia Arts Council grant that allowed Alana Bartol, Kat Morris, and Jay White, to conduct preliminary research on the proposed Woodfibre LNG facility near Squamish, BC.
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