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…

Food forest – a Japanese approach to permaculture

In 1975, Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a bestselling book that shared his views on agriculture and the natural world. Among other things, it has had a lasting influence on the development of the permaculture philosophy. On July 15 the Kerrisdale Community Centre will host Fukuoka’s Food Forest, a workshop that…

An artist’s journey home

Interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen is in Vancouver to finish her multi-media exhibit called The Long Doorway, which is currently in post production at Vancouver’s Western Front Society. Based on a CBC program from 1956 and Bowen’s own research into her family history, the exhibit is set to challenge the way visitors see Canada and its race…

Tricksters Laugh: Modern indigenous spirit with humour

A Haida legend has it that at the beginning of the world, there was nothing but darkness and a raven. The raven, tired of flying in the dark, plotted a scheme to steal the light and spread it to the world. And that was how light came into the universe. Since then, Raven has become a…

Poetry & prints: a Filipino migration story

Scattering and Gathering, curated by Jing Palad, is the latest offering at Vancouver’s Roundhouse, running July 7–12. The exhibition aims to expose the experiences of the ongoing exodus to Canada from the Philippines. “I think an understanding of what it’s like to be an immigrant – and not just a Filipino immigrant – is becoming…

Two exhibitions mark the re-opening of the Bill Reid Gallery

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the recently renovated Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is ready to welcome Vancouverites and visitors alike. Working in association with the Cultural Sharing Program, the gallery will present Home Away from Home produced by Samantha Nock (Cree-Metis) and Nicole Bird (Haida), and Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, running…

A suitcase and a story

Vancouver-based portrait photographer, Kayla Isomura grew up with a passion for  storytelling. Between working three different jobs, Isomura made a name for herself in photography and now has her own gallery exhibit about Japanese internment in Canada during World War II. The Suitcase Project opens June 16 and runs till September 2 at the Nikkei National Museum…