Van Kijkduinstraat




Galleries, Museums

Kits Point Military History Museum and the Royal Canadian Legion 176 – Billy Bishop/Kerrisdale present their inaugural exhibition:

DEFINING MOMENTS – Coming Together Through Engagement: a multi-faceted public exhibition of stories of liberation, courage, and sacrifice of the Canadian Military forces.
Van Kijkduinstraat
A multi-channeled media arts installation
Artists: Irwin Oostindie and Inessa Baustad Oostindie
• Feb. 12, 2018 at 7pm Opening Reception
• Feb. 14-18, 2018 Exhibition open from 4-10pm Second Floor
• Feb. 15, 2018 at 7pm Invitation Only Reception Dutch Consulate
• Feb. 17, 2018 at 2pm Artist Talk Second Floor
A special media arts event, Van Kijkduinstraat, will be co presented by Kits Point Military History Museum and the Royal Canadian Legion 176/ “Billy Bishop/Kerrisdale” located at 1407 Laburnum Street in Kits Point in Vancouver, BC.

Van Kijkduinstraat is a multi-channeled media arts installation commemorating the emotional story of the artists’ father and grandfather, Dirk Oostindie, who as a Dutch youth escaped the ‘Hunger Winter’ of Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II. The work illuminates Canada’s role in the liberation of the Netherlands. Even today, Canada is fondly remembered by the Dutch, as liberators, who in 1945 rescued millions from distress and starvation. Curators, Laura Lee Coles and Gayle O’Hara recognized that Van Kijkduinstraat resonates a “defining moment” in Canada’s military history and engages viewers by way of its multi-layered expressiveness. It is a poignant national and local human-interest story and it was chosen to be the museum’s inaugural public art exhibition funded by Vancouver Cultural Services.

Since immigrating to Canada, Dirk shared glimpses of the story of his escape to the family over the years. In 2016, Irwin and Inessa (father/daughter) traveled back to the Netherlands where they set out to retrace Dirk's escape route and to discover for themselves their intertwined Dutch/Canadian connections of this deeply emotional story. From the vivid experiences in the landscape of the North Netherlands, they stopped in many of the places Dirk had sought refuge. From their film, photo and sound documentation the artists combine the media to create a multi-channel visual installation.

Van Kijkduinstraat is a local, national and emotional personal story that also comments on a historic moment for Canada’s military. This installation includes audio interviews with Mark Zuehlke (Canada’s foremost WW2 historian and Recipient of the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Popular Media Author of the Canadian Battle Series), as well as commentary from Dutch journalists and photographers met along the journey.

Designed as a progression of multiple parts, the exhibition will capture the viewer as the visuals shift as a multi-screened choreographic visual and sound symphony as if moving in temporal waves. This event is made possible through the generous support of Vancouver Cultural Services Public Art Grant, William F. White, International, IMAPON, with assistance from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver, the Commemorative Partnership Program of Veteran Affairs Canada, and Templeton Secondary School.

See: #vankijkduinstraat for further details.