East Vancouver (East Van to the locals) is a contested space and site of economic marginalization within British Columbia. In this area of light industry, commerce and residential zoning, are countless felines who wander the streets at will, some feral, some not. Cats rule East Van. These felines have been encountered in shared or public spaces, at random, whilst walking through the various neighbourhoods of East Van. This series of photos troubles the notion that the cat is what we wish the cat to be, even while the gaze of ownership is reinforced by the point of view of the camera lens.
From Curatorial Essay:
“…Documenting the prolific numbers of felines in East Van, Nikki has reminded us that the cat is always with us. The presence of the animal becomes the subject. Nikki documents each individual animal to create a pack of East Van Cats. These animals are captured on film, guilty of a midnight tryst, while others calmly pose for the camera.” (c) Lisa Visser, 2010
The East Van Cats have appeared in the following locations:
East Van Cats I, II, III. 2010. Just Act Natural. Studio 22, Kingston ON.
“52 Weeks of East Van Cats.” 2009-10. VancouverisAwesome.com.