A year in review: resilience amid adversity

The year 2021, much like the preceding year, brought its fair share of trials and tribulations. In addition to the ongoing pandemic, our province has experienced extreme climate change in the form of wildfires and floods, an increased focus on pressing social issues and a full-throated turn to technology as a way to cope and…

Finding positivity in an exceptionally difficult year

The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world has changed everything. With over one million worldwide deaths, ushering in the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the resulting culture clashes between personal freedoms and public safety, it is safe to say 2020 has been an earth-shattering year of political, economic…

The Team

Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Mamadou Gangué Associate Publisher Monique Kroeger (Print) Art Director Laura R. Copes Senior Editor (English and French Sections) Monique Kroeger Copy Editors (English) Frank Abbott, Deanna Choi, Cheryl Olvera, Melodie Wendel-Cook Senior Copy Editor (French) Louise T. Dawson Executive Assistant Kevin Paré Website Coordinator Pavle Culajevic Website Sepand Dyanatkar, Vitor Libardi, Silvia…

Bodies in diaspora: Mere Phantoms’ shadow art highlights the refugee crisis

Playing with light and shadow, Surrey Art Gallery’s new exhibition Mere Phantoms: Shadows Without Borders is an interactive show that explores human displacement and memories of home. “One of the installations in the exhibition invites visitors to pick up custom flashlights and shine the light against tableaus of handmade paper-cut-out sculptures. The shadows from these…

SuperNova – Intergalactic personas and character studies to discuss and provoke the authenticity of culture

Hosted by the grunt gallery, Canadian-Iranian visual artist Rah’s new show suggests discussions that, acting as parody, essentialize qualities that validate ethnicized and racialized experiences in contemporary cultures. Throughout April, the grunt gallery hosts SuperNova, a new exhibition by Canadian-Iranian exilic and diasporic artist Rah. The show, curated by Vanessa Kwan and Whess Harman, is…

Where an artist ought to be: a community festival for creative togetherness

Each November, for the past 25 years the Eastside Arts Society has produced the Eastside Culture Crawl Festival where artists from different backgrounds and practices open their studios to public appreciation. The society, a registered charity, aims to inspire, educate, and engage Vancouver’s community in contemporary visual arts. From Nov.12–21 this year, artists will be…

Queer craving: a cinema of challenging narratives and stereotypes at VQFF

Anoushka Ratnarajah, artistic director of the 33rd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, indicates that this year’s event can be a special place for learning and growth through experiencing art. She argues that because stories create profound opportunities for connection, it becomes important to have spaces for queer folks to experience that bond, to understand their…