Putting the light on inequalities

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) introduces Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America in May. “It’s going to be an uncomfortable show,” says the curator, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, PhD, who believes that this is an exhibition that will turn heads and shed light on something that the community, nation and world need to start…

Persian artist Azadeh Emadi is being haunted by pixels

Working in conjunction with the SFU School for Contemporary Arts and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, grunt gallery is presenting Azadeh Emadi: Motion Within Motion, the first Canadian exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Azadeh Emadi from May 2–12. The unique vision of the Persian artist and visiting scholar unveils the hidden depths of pixels. “We were…

More than just plants

“I like introducing people to plants they’ve been walking past – sometimes for years –but never really seen or met before,” says Rebecca Graham, facilitator of the Urban Food & Fibre walk, which will be taking place Apr. 14 at Coquitlam Heritage. “Most of us are completely disconnected from nature these days – and even…

Unleash your best: fundraiser for Rohingya refugees

The first photography exhibition of Marco Francesco Lilliu was unveiled April 5 in the cultural playground of Commercial Drive at The Drive Coffee Bar and runs the rest of the month. Lilliu, a family and business lawyer, is a Vancouver-based photographer showcasing his work after long time encouragement from friends and admirers. Lilliu’s donation of…

Photo exhibit zooms on intimate stories and histories

“Photobase is a diverse and inclusive collection of artists who use old photographs as the groundwork for their practice. A photograph can be read as the truth of a reality, or a reflection of an existence,” says Dona Nabata. Photobase: Reimagined Memories is an exhibit that involves repurposing old photographs to tell new tales. On display…

The three worlds of Ronald Boersen

“Pottery is my moment of creating peace,” says Ronald Boersen. The artist has clay all over his pants, but he’s okay with it; it’s his preferred method of wiping his hands, despite always keeping two towels beside him when he’s working. Moulding clay has become his form of meditation, even when things aren’t going his…

Artists use improvisation to create unique performances

Whenever Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory prepares for a performance, she challenges herself to put on a different mask – made of black grease paint mixed with red. Like her mask, which is based on a traditional Greenlandic Inuit dance mask known as uaajeerneq, used in rituals performed during the cold winter months, the audience can expect…

A taste of Japan in Canada with iaido

When it comes to Japanese martial arts, most people have heard of kendo or aikido. Less known, iaido is nevertheless interesting and beautiful to its practitioners. The Source met two iaido experts who also happen to be husband and wife: Martin and Judith Farncombe, respectively 4th dan and 5th dan in iaido, as well as one of…

Uncovering meaning in new and undervalued artistic works

Love: Part One a stage reading, will be presented by the Dorothy Somerset Studio at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on February 9. The play is part of the Enacting Culture/s series, a series of talks, performances and screenings looking to expand the awareness of students and the wider community to previously untapped or undervalued art…

Sugar beet fields in the landscape of Canada’s Japanese internment

2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, also marked the 75th anniversary of Canada’s Japanese Internment. Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, a fourth generation Japanese-Canadian, felt compelled to bring the stories told by her grandparents and great-grandparents back to the forefront. With Keri Latimer, the two Japanese-Canadian artists will present Beta Vulgaris: The Sugar Beet Projects, an art installation followed by…

The puppets are dreaming

Presentation House Theatre (PHT) and Mexico’s famed Marionetas de la Esquina present the Canadian premiere of Amaranta Leyva’s whimsical and enchanting puppet show, Sleeping Beauty Dreams, at Presentation House Theatre from Jan. 25–Feb. 4. “I want people to see the story, feel the story and think about what the story is giving them,” says Leyva. Leyva…

How we sound: exploring the possibilities of sound and music

Western Front’s sound installation series, the-possible-impossible-thing-of-sound, continues with an installation (Feb 2–10) and performance (Feb 8) of composer Juliet Palmer’s Inside Us, which explores the rhythm, sound, and experience of the body. This will be followed by a talk from artist and academic Salomé Voegelin who explores the potential of sound in conceiving new ideas and ways…

Indian Indigenous art makes a stop at the Surrey Art Gallery

This month the Surrey Art Gallery will showcase an art collection featuring Indigenous Indian art rarely seen in North America. Curated by Drs. Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton with assistance from curating consultant Jeffrey Wechsler, the exhibition’s stop at the Surrey Art Gallery is the only one in Canada. The exhibition runs Jan. 20–Mar. 25.…