Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees

Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees. The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada…

A little bit of Vienna in Vancouver

A touch of Vienna social housing is coming to the Museum of Vancouver. Starting May 17,the Vancouver Viennese artist collective Urban Subjects are collaborating with Austrian curators Wolfgang Förster and William Menkin to install a new two-month long exhibit at the MOV. The Vienna Model: Housing in the 21st Century will present a glimpse into…

Looking for identity through history

Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium will be taking place at the Vancouver Art Gallery May 18–19. As part of the Marking Place Speaker Series, artist Jin-me Yoon will be giving a talk traversing the 26 years of her practice, exploring ideas of diaspora, nationalism, migration and displacement. Yoon is a visual arts…

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

An upcoming exhibit at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) explores the significance of written and spoken word across diverse cultures in Asia. Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, which runs May 11–Oct. 9, encompasses a variety of written forms reinterpreted into visual art and includes works ranging from the ancient Sumerian cuneiform…

Different cultures, different brush styles

For artist Winifred Lee, painting has always been an interest but she didn’t have the opportunity to pursue her dream in her native Taiwan. Lee, who moved to Canada in 1977 with the intention of providing a better education for her three sons, says there weren’t many Chinese artists or painting clubs in Richmond at…

The sound of artists

Gabi Dao is a Vancouver-based artist whose work in installations and sound has earned her a media residency at the Western Front. Over the next several months, Dao will produce a series of podcasts, which will culminate in a live public event in the fall of 2017. Dao is a second generation Chinese-Vietnamese woman whose…

High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese

High Muck a Muck is Chinook jargon and a trading term developed in the early days of contact between Indigenous, Chinese and English speakers in British Columbia as a way to communicate, says Nicola Harwood, curator of the exhibition High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese which will be on display at the Surrey Art Gallery…

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…