In pursuit of the sun

GRANVILLE ISLAND Weiwei Xu Chinese Canadian Link Instagram Tumblr Twitter The Dragon leads Yan, the wanderer, through the forest in the depths of a harsh winter. There is nothing to fear in the elements, when the dragon keeps you warm as you forge your path ahead. This Lunar New Year, let’s venture freely into the … Read more

Regurgitating

GRANVILLE ISLAND Sara Khan Pakistani Instagram “Regurgitating” was a strange kind of utopian take on the world, a sort of a wish. Although humans of course continue to procreate and regurgitate life as we do, in this piece is a projection of a wish, a desire for the natural environment around us to also grow … Read more

Rising

GRANVILLE ISLAND Anita Ho Asian Canadian Instagram Twitter When I look to the sky, the sense of hope and freedom washes over me. In a sense we all yearn to break free of something whether it is a universal, communal or personal struggle. To know that we are not alone in this yearning brings me … Read more

Towards Alternate Landscapes

GRANVILLE ISLAND Tajliya Jamal Cantonese and Muslim-Indian Instagram In response to the theme “Born to Be Free”, the design features two genderqueer people standing together in unfolding mountainscapes. The characters display strength and vitality; they are also ambiguous in gender, are interpretable as more than a singular identity, and break out of the confines of … Read more

Looking Back

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery Jerry Whitehead Cree Facebook Instagram Twitter As we look back at our lives, childhood was a memorable time, being allowed to play with other children freely at our gatherings. Guided by our elders and ancestors spiritually to where we are now and beyond. Whether we are … Read more

Beauty That is Brave

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery Rashmi Tyagi South Asian Link Instagram Beauty that is brave symbolizes the triumph of sisterhood, and celebrates the indomitable strength of being a woman. The female figures in the artwork are mirror reflections of each other, emphasizing that self discovery is possible when we choose to … Read more

The Spirit Child

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery The Spirit Child Odera Igbokwe Ethnicity Instagram Twitter The spirit child is the purest version of ourselves. They represent the inner child that roams freely between the physical and spiritual realm. They freely jump from the precipice to start new journeys, knowing they are protected by … Read more

Dragon Sea

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery Dragon Sea Kristina Luu Vietnamese Canadian Link Instagram Twitter Ha Long Bay, also known as Vịnh Hạ Long, is a world UNESCO site and one of the many natural marvels of Vietnam. The name translates to “Dragon Landing Bay”. Local legend says that a dragon descended … Read more

grounded

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery grounded Damian John Tl’azt’en Link Inspired by the question of the wholeness, this piece uses the idea of the warrior and tries to imagine it from its most whole, its most healthy place. In that place there is a sense of the ground, of being connected … Read more

Talking to the Moon

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery Talking to the Moon Jade Hanuse / Anuximana Nuxalk, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Wuikinuxv Facebook Instagram I created this piece because I often find myself having conversations with the moon.  To be a balanced functioning society, we follow the phases of the moon to know when to hunt … Read more