Art in motion

“In the Greek language, the word for transit is metaphora; so to go to work or come home, one literally rides a metaphor.” says Kimberly Phillips. This year, Phillips, curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), is continuing this link between metaphor and travel. She has curated a travelling art exhibit, with the support of TransLink,…

Shake Up: An exhibition to mark seismic upgrades at MOA

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is at the start of an extensive seismic upgrade project to protect the iconic Great Hall and preserve the invaluable Northwest Coast Collection for generations to come. Shake Up: Preserving What We Value is a brand new exhibition designed to coincide with the upgrades and provide visitors with the chance to learn…

Julian Hou: Life of a resident artist

In the Fall of 2018, local artist Julian Hou started a media arts residency at Western Front to further develop his art practice through exploratory research. Hou’s projects often weave various media pieces together that build multi-layered narratives for audience members to contemplate. “I often work in several mediums simultaneously and gradually something emerges in…

Pictures of Persia in North Vancouver

A new exhibit from the dawn of photography also tells of the history of Iran, says Pantea Haghighi. Looking at Persepolis shows old photographs depicting excavations of Persia’s past glories, photographs that were once used as promotional tools in turn-of-the-century Iran. “It’s something that happens around the world: an ailing monarchy would want to be affiliated…

Pierre Vassura: New Work 1983–2018

After an artistic career spanning several decades and continents, Italian-born artist Pierre Vassura will have his first major solo exhibition on Canadian soil at Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) this December. Vassura has been creating artwork since the mid 1950s and arrived in Richmond in the early 1980s. After one small show at the Italian Cultural…

Uprooted – A journey of self-discovery

Uprooted – A Journey of Self-Discovery is an upcoming art exhibition hosted by Coquitlam’s Place des Arts from Nov. 16 to Dec. 20, featuring 16 pieces of Chinese ink artworks by artists Suchen Wu and Teresa Chow. The series of artworks use driftwood and roots as symbols to explore the immigrant experience – the initial excitement…

Artist Sorour Abdollahi celebrates culture and identity

With the 2018 Eastside Culture Crawl fast approaching, artists across the city are preparing for this important annual event, including Iranian-born artist Sorour Abdollahi. Abdollahi, an established artist back in Tehran, made the move from Iran to Vancouver 18 years ago. She quickly immersed herself in the local arts scene and has exhibited in numerous…

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary aboriginal women artists from Australia

Marking the Infinite will make its Canadian debut at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in November. The show seeks to celebrate and preserve Indigenous knowledge, languages and traditions through the eyes of nine Aboriginal women’s artworks. “It is a series of firsts for us,” explains Carol E. Mayer, curator of the Pacific at MOA. “It is…

A taste of Apulia

The Autumn Feast: A Taste of Apulia, a bi-annual community event organized and hosted by The Italian Cultural Centre, showcases Apulia’s traditions including some of the finest ceramic art products in the world. The Autumn Feast is one of Vancouver’s most traditional Italian attractions, featuring food specialties, products and traditional artistic crafts from the Apulian…

Cultural dialogue in culinary motion

Upcoming art performance Poets in the Kitchen is a part of the Culture Days Weekend, which will take place on September 29 alongside the Journey of a Salmon exhibition where artists explore the epic life cycle of salmon. The event will be hosted by Johnny Trinh and feature spoken words poets Johnny MacRae, Anjialica Solomon…

Home sweet home

Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh describes her work as “An attempt to be attentive to the poetics of daily life.” With the help of the City of Vancouver, Koh plans to show Vancouverites how poetic their city really is. Known for her See–Saw Seat off of Main Street, Koh plans to impress her audience with an…

Silence, suspended

Ontario-based artist Xiaojing Yan, known for fusing together traditional Chinese artistic techniques with contemporary practices, will be presenting In Suspended Silence, an installation work based on symbolism. Yan’s first solo art exhibition in Metro Vancouver will run Sept. 14–Nov. 10 at Richmond Art Gallery ( RAG). “This exhibition will be a unique experience” says Xiaojing Yan.…

Paintings of an immigrant – Art with a big heart

What makes a place home? Immigrants straddle the line not just between continents and oceans, but also between their past and their future, constantly reconciling their definition of home. As they look at the world through their own lens, they see and feel differently. As the proverb says, ‘home is where the heart is.’ Chito…