Fiorela Argueta is currently finishing her BA Honours in Art History at the University of British Columbia. Her academic research interests reside in curatorial practices in contemporary galleries, archival theory, and Italian neorealism films. She is excited to be the docent for the Spring 2019: Collected Works exhibition at the rennie museum and to lead thematic discussions on collecting and photography. Fiorela finds the rennie museum to be a unique space as it exposes Vancouver to different artistic discourses through the myriad of international artists it exhibits, but also new modes of museum operations.

When asked to reflect on her favourite artwork in the Spring 2019: Collected Works exhibition Fiorela said, “What is interesting about Louise Lawler’s Pollock and Tureen (traced) (2008) is how this tracing exists as a vector file and can be printed on a vinyl in whichever size is desired. Once the work’s purpose has been served, it may be destroyed. I think this really speaks to our current digital age in regards to its mass reproducibility and our culture of easily discarding things.”

Tiffany Lam is completing her MA in Art History at the University of British Columbia. She is researching artistic and public engagement with art in the age of the internet and surveillance theory. For the Spring 2019: Collected works exhibition, Tiffany looks forward to creating thoughtful reflections on our relationship with objects we encounter in our everyday. She is passionate about public programming and finds the ways in which rennie strives to challenge the traditional understanding of a museum very exciting and innovative.

In the Spring 2019: Collected Works exhibition, one of the standout artworks for Tiffany is Fall Into Ruin (2017) by William E. Jones. It is the accompanying thirty-minute film for the body of work titled Villa Iolas (1982/2017), a series of twenty-two photographs of the home of the art collector/dealer, Alexander Iolas. The film juxtaposes two narratives of the same home over 35 years. For Tiffany, this work is striking for the way it reveals the intimate relationship we have with artworks and our desire to preserve them.