Stories moving from the beyond

The Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibition is being shown in the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre during the 150th anniversary of Canada and on the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Canadians. Cindy Mochizuki’s exhibit visualizes a time long ago and moves forward into a destiny not yet known. Although her works often live in…

Life in an empty place

The Moon is Often Referred to as a Dead, Barren World, but I Think This is Not Necessarily the Case, a collaboration between international conceptual artist Diane Borsato and the local Ikebana flower arrangement community will use live plant material in a white, empty gallery space to portray the contrast and the beauty of life…

Reconciling truth through story reclamation

Simon Fraser University (SFU) linguistics and First Nations studies professor Marianne Ignace, her husband Chief Ronald Ignace, PhD and elders from their community – Skeetchestn in the Secwepemc Nation – took on a project to reclaim and teach their ancient stories in the Secwepemctsin language. One of the many First Nations ‘stsptekwll’ or oral traditions…

Amazon rainforest: recognizing the rights of nature

Amazonia – The Rights of Nature, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s (MOA) upcoming exhibition digs into the relationship between humans and forest, the latter playing an important role in indigenous South American cultures. Several objects from Yanomami land as well as other Amazonian collections will be exhibited from March 10, 2017 to Jan. 28,…

Meaning is in the eye of the photo beholder

Bryan Myles, director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies, will be presenting Early Photography of Northwest Coast First Nations and narrating historical photos of First Nations communities dating back to the 1850s. The talk will be held on March 7 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Myles’s interest in historical photography…

Murals for the city

The next instalment in the Lulu Series: Art in the City will focus on the Vancouver Mural Festival. Co-founder and executive director of the Festival, David Vertesi, will be speaking on behalf of a group that strives to create connections and discussion with public art, at the Richmond City Hall on March 9. Murals as…

An artist’s prickly journey

Language is not only important for survival but is crucial to communication. Gu Xiong, a tenured professor at UBC (Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory), showcases in R Space his solo exhibition of new works, Pins (Feb.11–March 31). “If you couldn’t express your ideas, you might lose your position in mainstream culture. Immigrants…

Mixed media reflects multiculturalism

Award-winning artist Katie Cheung’s new exhibit Beyond Nature II opens Feb. 3 at the Art Beatus Gallery with a showing that features mixed media and acrylic on canvas paintings. Born in Hong Kong, Cheung received her formal art education at Langara College and Emily Carr University of Art & Design after making Vancouver her home.…

Identities redefined unidentifiable

Erdem Taşdelen takes society’s obsession with titles and gives it an abrupt shake. In the upcoming exhibitions, running from Jan. 13–Mar.17 at the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Wild Child and The Quantified Self Poems redress our preoccupation with labeling. “The two projects are conflated in some ways,” says Taşdelen. Wild Child Always curious, the Emily…

Making peace with Aboriginal history through art

Tunics of the Changing Tide, a painting by First Nations artist Marianne Nicolson, has transformed the Dzawada̱’enux̱w Nation’s history and story into artwork. Nicolson’s work will be exhibited at the Walter C.Koerner Library at UBC from Jan. 13– Apr. 9. In the summer of 1980, at the age of eleven, Nicolson moved to Kingcome Inlet…

Projected imagery engagements within an urban landscape

How does it feel to interact with someone who isn’t actually there? This question arose while viewing and engaging with the current Surrey Art Gallery exhibit Rencontres Imaginaires by Scenocosme. The larger-than-life public art installation exhibits on the UrbanScreen outside Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre every evening. Scenocosme are two artists otherwise known as Gregory Lasserre…

Watercolour artist brings the North Shore to life

What to do while waiting at a red light? Some listen to music, others simply stand there, but Mohammad Reza Atashzad, watercolour artist and art instructor, is different – he can finish a painting before the light turns green. “Watercolour painting is very spontaneous; I can draw it very quickly,” says Atashzad. Born in Esfahan,…

Travels to Italy: a visual display

“The curator was wanting to debunk the theory of women going to Italy because they’ve had a life crisis, and they go into this space where they lose their inhibitions and fall in love – perpetuated by books like Room with a View and Eat, Pray, Love,” says Danaca Ackerson, adding that people still have…