Kimberly Ho – An artist embracing a world of possibilities

A constant questioning, a desire to explore what’s beyond the status quo, to push the boundaries and share their vision with the rest of the world. That is the work of artists, and nobody embodies that questioning and boundary-pushing better than Kimberly Ho, one of eight young artists participating in the inaugural Emerging Creators Incubator,…

Shapeshifters: the intersection between art and identity

“For the last 37 years, I’ve shapeshifted in many ways and am finally, for the first time, acting on those strengths,” says Jag Nagra. Nagra is the featured artist for the Indian Summer Festival running online from June 17 to July 17. Her piece entitled Shapeshifter explores the merging of identities into the different social…

A sense of connection through a breath of light

There is a Chinese saying for camaraderie: ‘those who share the same breath share a common destiny.’ In a time when none of us can find the safety and comfort to breathe freely in public spaces, a sense of connection to others is also missing. Breath of Light, an interactive art installation by Pinyao Liu,…

New endings to old paradigms – Queer art as resistance against colonial-patriarchal ideas of success

Queer Filipino photographer Rydel Cerezo invites audiences to fail. He sees failure as a means to open new possibilities for queer and marginalized bodies to thrive. His exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery (BAF), entitled New Ending, investigates the space between sexuality, religion, and race, and how these disparate themes coalesce metaphorically and visually. As…

Leena Manro: transforming a corporate and community culture through arts

The YWCA has released the inspiring nominees for the Women of Distinction Awards and will announce the winners on June 7 at their virtual gala. One of this year’s nominees, Leena Manro, truly embodies the essence of the Arts, Culture and Design category, by making a corporate and social difference through her media endeavours and…

Farahnaz Samari, artist taking inspiration from the city

It has been more than 25 years since Iranian-Canadian artist Farahnaz Samari began painting. She has showcased her art in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions in both Iran and Canada. Having participated in several ‘art battles’ alongside other artists, she won the ‘Battle of the Brush’ position at two of such art competitions.…

Plastic orchid factory –reimagining the artistic process

Plastic orchid factory is a place for artists to support each other and advocate for art works that are “pluralistic in practice and in form,” says dance artist James Gnam. Gnam and dance artist Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, who have been collaborating since 2003, established plastic orchid factory (PoF) in 2008, as a non-profit society. The…

The Journey of Navarana: from Nunavut to BC

Navarana Tretina Igloliorte, a filmmaker and artist completing a residency at Griffin Arts Project in Vancouver, draws her primary artistic inspiration from caribou, and her concern for their dwindling population. “We can learn from how everything is interconnected in nature,” she says. Igloliorte’s journey — from her hometown of Baker Lake, Nunavut to Sheshatshiu, Labrador…

The art of tanning -Turning fish skin to leather

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is offering a two-part online workshop by local artist, maker and educator Janey Chang about fish skin tanning on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. Fish skin tanning is a process of turning raw fish skins into beautiful and durable textiles that can be used to make anything one would use…

Finding flowers

The late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941–2006) planted a number of butterfly gardens across Canada to bring awareness to people about habitat destruction and the impacts on wildlife and medicinal plants. Many of his pieces focused on his surroundings, especially nature, and one of his main projects was the series Butterfly Gardens. He drew inspiration for…

Inaction yearns for a critical mass of solidarity

The Richmond Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Inaction by Brendan Fernandes, features the Canadian premiere of the two-channel video Free Fall: for Camera that was created in response to tragic events at the Pulse nightclub in Florida in 2016. Co-produced with the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Inaction runs from February 12–April 3.…

Claire Huang, an artist inspired by architecture

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Claire Huang moved to Vancouver with her husband in 1999. Previously an architectural designer in both Shanghai and Vancouver, Huang switched careers and decided to pursue her love for the arts. In 2005, Huang graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine…

Art: a shared narrative

Catch a look at the faces in the time of our pandemic from the Surrey Art Gallery exhibition Facing Time (Jan. 23–Mar. 27), examining a collection of paintings, photographs, and performances based on the subject of portraiture. “As an immigrant, my work as an artist has always dealt with my experience assimilating and trying to fit in…