The changing face of place: The Mattering Map revisited
This film explores Pia Massie’s installation at grunt gallery, The Mattering Map (1996), and the Monica Reyes Gallery exhibition, Mattering Map Redux and Sessional Office (2019), done in conjunction with Terra Poirier. Massie’s work registered the transformations of the Mount Pleasant community over a period of twenty-three years through the documentation of local diners. The artist helps us to connect the dots of where we live, eat and work, as the diners’ presence/absence reveal the ever changing face and atmosphere of the Mount Pleasant community, and shed light on issues such as housing affordability, displacement, and gentrification. This film glances into a recent past, and challenges us to examine our present as the future of Mount Pleasant is being created.
Andréa Monteiro is a Brazilian-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. As an interdisciplinary artist, her creative expressions weave through activism, filmmaking and academia. She has over two decades of community leadership and engagement through the nonprofit sector both in Brazil and Canada, and fifteen years between nursing research, education and palliative clinical care. Andréa holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Victoria (2018), and has social justice issues at the center of her scholarship and filmmaking. The artist’s short documentary Ô Criatura: Navigating (dis)location has premiered this past summer at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and also screened at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, the Oaxaca FilmFest (Mexico), and the Toronto Queer Film Festival. Andréa would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the land on which, as a visitor, she lives, creates and grows in the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.