Art exhibition explores Ukrainian history in Canada

Drawing together works from three artists, Ayla Dmyterko, Sonya Iwasiuk and Darlene Kalynka, the ACT art gallery is presenting a Ukrainian themed art exhibition from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. Titled Labour and Memory – Ukrainian-Canadian Contexts, it is a timely exhibition that explores the different facets of Ukrainian immigration through multiple mediums such as sculpture,…

The ancient art of chigiri-e

Taiwanese artist and pianist Leanne Lai celebrates Japanese culture and demonstrates passion, beauty and unwavering patience in her Chigiri-e Paper Art: Flowers exhibit and workshop, suitable for all ages. “I feel chigiri-e is important to me as it is so beautiful. Very few people know about this unique art form,” says Lai. “I have enjoyed…

True to Place inaugurates largest Indigenous art exhibition

A group of 10 emerging and established Northwest Coast Indigenous artists will exhibit their works encompassing a variety of styles and techniques at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art from June 15, 2022 to March 19, 2023. Curated by artist and muralist Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō), the exhibition’s primary title is True to…

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…

Hip-hop in the digital age

Curated by Mark V. Campbell, Still Tho: Aesthetic Survival in Hip-Hop’s Visual Art, an exhibition presented by the Canada Council for the Arts features artwork by 13 cross disciplinary artists from across the country, including from First Nations, Métis, and racialized communities. Still Tho features the work of visual artists from across Canada and beyond whose creativity…

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…

Sara Khan: a new type of artist

Emerging visual artist Sara Khan is currently pursuing her residency at the Burrard Arts Foundation where she has been able to create new types of material strategies, perspectives and creations. Khan’s exhibition, Sanda Rd Key Dhund, which translates to ‘Mists of Sanda Rd,’ referring to an area in Lahore, Pakistan, is currently on display at the…

Bringing a new perspective to art

Panchal Mansaram (P. Mansaram) is an artist of his generation. The diasporic artist created new perspectives, taken from his local every-day life and mixed with his global experiences, and was inspired to create art by everything around him taking anything small and creating something admirable out of it. “I love the life and joy in…

Ruby Singh – A sound innovator on Turtle Island

Ruby Singh expresses himself through music, visual art and poetry, while also advocating for social justice issues using his artistic endeavors as the medium. His upcoming show, Vox.Infold, put on by the PuSh Festival, will be performed at the Lobe Studio from Jan. 20–30. Singh has presented his work across Turtle Island and around the…

Creating: collectively and internationally

Just a little collaboration can give artists the juice needed for their creative process, encourages Alia Hijaab, an artist with Flavourcel. Solo work can be taxing for artists and Flavourcel seeks to make art less stressful, more playful, and more experimental. “Art feels sometimes like an unchosen path, something I was always meant to do,”…