This exhibition aligns with the goals of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival in that it brings together a unique confluence of Pan-Asian identities who are producing work that seeks to illustrate, challenge, understand and celebrate the common threads and cultural differen
The concept of Pan-Asian heritage is a complex network of intertwining histories and meanings. Mirroring this years theme of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival, this exhibition features a group of Asian women who carry with them their own threads of ancestry and identity, evidence of which is subtly integrated in their work. All cities, and especially true of Vancouver, are built up with a layering of human histories - of people from around the globe converging and creating something new. To recognize and understand each part of this contribution is a labyrinth of threads, each one deserving the impossible task of pulling apart and examining its unique contribution to the overall picture. Through the experience of the city, each individual finds integration within a community while maintaining a separate identity. Art in general, and the works of these artists are, in effect, maps charting their numerous personal and collective identities as women, Asian women, artists, daughters, mothers, friends, as well as their present and past selves. Each art object engages in the difficult work of tangling and unthreading the meaning of their experiences through the chosen expressive medium.
This exhibition aligns with the goals of the festival in that it brings together a unique confluence of Pan-Asian identities, who through their work seek to illustrate, challenge, understand and celebrate the common threads and multiplicity of voices, ideas, viewpoints and conversations. When presented together, these factors contribute to Vancouver’s standing as a uniquely vibrant and global multicultural city.