For 25 years, The X-Files and Vancouver have been indelibly linked.
Now, with the show having just finished filming its final season (or so we’ve been told), an integral part of the X-Files mythology, frequently used by stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, returns to our city for a five-week exhibition.
Fresh from the dank basement of the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.—by way of Hollywood, of course—it’s the trappings of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder’s office, complete with desk, filing cabinet (repository of the eponymous X-Files), and various other items from the TV series.
With items on loan from Fox Studios in Los Angeles and from the personal collection of X-Files creator Chris Carter, the props represent an important part of Vancouver’s growth as a major filmmaking centre, and will no doubt quicken the pulse of any X-phile.
Founded and directed by Monica Reyes, Back Gallery Project is a Strathcona-based gallery which aims to create a cultural dialogue within the neighbourhood and promote emerging and mid-career artists.
Befriended by Carter while she was a Gastown barista in the 1990s, Reyes has had a long association with The X-Files, so much so, in fact, that Carter named Annabeth Gish’s character—FBI Agent Monica Reyes—after the Vancouverite.
Running until June 30, the exhibit is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m., at 602 East Hastings Street. X-Files creator Chris Carter is slated to appear at a meet-and-greet on Saturday, June 30; for more information, visit www.backgalleryproject.com.