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,”…

Virtual Humanity: a Two Spirit & Indigiqueer online experience

During this pandemic, people have had to stick to their own little bubbles, but deep-rooted issues of colonization may have been causing people to do this for much longer than they realize. With their online event, Virtual Humanity, which focuses on the Two Spirit & Indigiqueer experience, Zee Zee Theatre Company is aiming for people…

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…

Paddle song – The story of indigenous existence and triumph

Paddle Song, a one-woman musical theatre production directed by Dinah Christie, follows Pauline Johnson, an iconic visionary Mohawk performer during the late 1700s. Co-written by Dinah Christie and Tom Hill and performed by Cheri Maracle, Paddle Song will be presented at the Firehall Theatre from Nov. 9–21. Johnson was the daughter of an English woman and a…

MemoryGami: unfolding barriers

Keiko Honda’s Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), a non-profit organization with a passion to connect people through the means of art, invites all to enjoy the unique stories of six women through storytelling and paper-folding with MemoryGami, a short documentary series. “I strongly believe in art as a means of change. Art evokes empathy, and empathy…