The Indian Summer Festival returns again this July, featuring a series of multi-disciplinary, thought-provoking events. This year’s theme is ‘Border Crossings’, and will bring together a range of artists and thinkers – from Oscar prize-winning filmmakers to emerging young writers. HxBIA is a proud supporter of the festival. Here are some of the free events in our area that are not to be missed!
(be)longing | July 7-16 (ongoing) | Woodwards Lobby (111 West Hastings Street)
In this pop-up gallery, three Emily Carr art and design students’ works will be showcased. These works are the result of a community engagement project in collaboration with MOSAIC immigrant settlement services. In their works, the three artists, Danica Norton, Olivia Chaber, and Wanjun Liang explore the complexities and challenges immigrants face in building a home in a new place.
Cartographer’s Tale | July 7-16 (ongoing) | Woodwards Atrium (111 West Hastings Street)
Corresponding to real roads and routes in the world, the Cartographer’s Tale is both an art piece and a participatory board game. The idea for this piece was created by artist and graphic novelist Orijit Sen and is realized by multidisciplinary artist Sanket Jadia. Throughout the whole 10 days of the festival, feel free to meander along the web of pathways on the floor of the Woodwards Atrium.
Let’s Heal the Divide | Victory Square Park (150 West Hastings Street)
‘let’s heal the divide’ on the facade of the VCC Downtown Campus building marks a physical division between one of the wealthiest postal codes in Canada and one of the most impoverished. It calls us to question the arbitrary ‘borders’ that divide us and further calls on us for action. On July 13, the artist behind the work, Toni Latour will be speaking about her work. Toni Latour is an East Vancouver queer feminist artist who works in photography, installation, text-based practices, drawing, video, sound, public and performance art. Don’t miss this free event that is sure to be thought-provoking. Register on the Eventbrite page here.