October 24, 2007
Performance Art

About the Program

Terrance Houle and Trevor Freeman's Portage involved the portage of an upside-down sixteen-foot canoe through the crowded tourist and consumerist locales of downtown Vancouver, from one water body to another—English Bay to Coal Harbour. Dressed up in stereotypically "traditional" Indigenous and Métis garb, Houle and Freeman's intervention of public space recreated a historical action about exploration in Canadian history and landscape. Portage was presented as part of the 2007 LIVE Performance Art Biennale.


2007.1024 POR

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Live in Public: The Art of Engagement (Related)


Downtown Vancouver
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations
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