Screening Dates
  • November 2, 2023 6:30
Free Admission

On the occasion of the exhibition Only when I’m hauling water do I wonder if I’m getting any stronger, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, in collaboration with The Cinematheque, presents a series of short films by Carole Itter. These films illuminate the choreography of the everyday within Itter’s artistic realm.

Itter’s Belkin exhibition highlights the artist’s multidisciplinary works and archival materials from the 1960s to the present. Revealing her attention to locality, language, and choreography, the title references Itter’s writing and points to her self-reflexive labour as an artist, as a woman, and as an inhabitant of shacks, old houses, and cooperatives on the West Coast.

In the short films A Fish Film (2003), The Float (1993), and Tarpaulin Pull (2006), Itter poignantly showcases her contemplation of the places and communities that have shaped her life, through writings, drawings, and tangible art, along with the choreography intertwined in her daily practice.

Following the screening, there will be a conversation between the artist and Justine Chambers—representatives of two generations of Vancouver artists deeply dedicated to exploring, mining, and making sense of the choreography that defines our everyday lives.

Screening in conjunction with this program is Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers (1972), a film that further underscores the profound connections between art and life.

A Fish Film
Canada 2003
Carole Itter
5 min.

The Float
Canada 1993
Carole Itter
15 min.

Tarpaulin Pull
Canada 2006
Carole Itter
6 min.


Justine A. Chambers is an artist and educator living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive.

Carole Itter is an artist, writer, performer and filmmaker. Her work is included in the collections of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, SFU Galleries, Vancouver Art Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, and Vancouver Public Library. She was awarded the VIVA Award (1989) and the Audain Prize (2017).