unearthed: Mitra Mahmoodi & Jamal Tabasinejad Creating art out of memories

The works of Iranian-Canadian artists Mitra Mahmoodi and Jamal Tabasinejad will be on display at the Evergreen Cultural Centre this month, as the centre is set to host an exhibition highlighting their representations of Iranian adobe architecture, as well as the meaning it holds for the artists themselves. The exhibition, unearthed: Mitra Mahmoodi & Jamal Tabasinejad,…

Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia – New exhibit brings a fresh perspective on a bold feminist collective

Russian-based feminist art collective Pussy Riot has put the spotlight on government oppression, political silencing and cultural hypocrisy in their country for more than a decade. But while they’re known for their boisterous, colourful and attention-grabbing political art, what’s less known are the consequences the collective has faced for speaking out. Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s…

A legacy beyond art New exhibit showcases the impactful work and life of Tseshaht artist George Clutesi

GEORGE CLUTESI: ḥašaḥʔap / ʔaapḥii / ʕc̓ik / ḥaaʔaksuqƛ / ʔiiḥmisʔap is a retrospective exhibition currently premiering in Vancouver until Jan 19, 2025 at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. The exhibition explores the life and legacy of George Clutesi, a Tseshaht First Nation artist, actor, writer and ambassador for Canadian Indigenous culture, recognized…

Roots and words: Exploring the mirroring of language and ecosystem through art

In their first exhibition in Canada, Chinese visual artist and storyteller Shen Xin explores how languages act like an ecosystem. The installation, titled but this is the language we met in; 我们在这个语言中相遇, includes a film, Grounds of Coherence #1, and four paintings, all created by the artist. Shen is particularly interested in the existence of language in humans…

Confronting and shaping our experience with refugees

Refuge Canada, an exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, details the experiences refugees have faced from deciding to leave their home country to settling in Canada. Denise Fong, curator of urban cultures at the Museum of Vancouver, says the exhibit is meant to help visitors connect with the individual stories and challenges of refugees –…

Dion Smith-Dokkie at Gallery Gachet: Diving deep into maps and their meaning

Gallery Gachet hosts an exhibit from Vancouver-based artist Dion Smith-Dokkie that investigates maps and their meaning, from Nov. 24 to Jan 20. In This Will Be the First of a Thousand Worlds We Give Life To, Smith-Dokkie modulates various maps, including locations of northeastern British Columbia, transforming them artistically through overlays and modulation. The resulting…

“Durational, monumental, and archival in nature” – From Slander’s Brand explores history, transformation and trauma

From now until Feb. 4, 2023, the Polygon Gallery will host a three-person exhibition titled Slander’s Brand, showcasing the works of artists Rachel Khedoori, Ron Terada and Hannah Darabi who engage with trauma and history in their artistic medium and whose work focuses on themes of duration and archive. Khedoori’s work assembles historical news articles…

Marchand’s Florescence – Art that holds time

Art is alive with Mount Pleasant’s poppies. From now until December 12, North Van Arts is showcasing Métis, Franco-Ontarian artist, Nathaniel Marchand’s Florescence, an exhibit with living mediums at Lynn Valley’s District Library Gallery. Featuring foraged petals and leaves, the pieces of Florescence highlight Marchand’s use of pressed materials from BC’s coastal landscape – which are then vulnerable…

Artists explore mental health today using a glimpse of the past

On September 28, Coquitlam Heritage holds its opening reception to a new artist-led exhibit on the defunct mental health institute of Riverview. The exhibit sees local artists, Lolu Oyedele, Nadine Flagel and Haley Perry, as well as Coquitlam Heritage staff Naomi Fong and Markus Fahrner, reflecting on the challenging history of Riverview, drawing links between…