Objets d' Arc offers a platform for female and femme-identifying artists

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      Hot on the heels of its feature in the Guardian’s mini-documentary about the underground music scene, local venue Vancouver Art and Leisure will be opening its doors this week for an exciting new mixed-media showcase.

      Recognizing that women are often under-represented in the art world, curator and organizer Sunny Chen has created Objets d’ Arc: a show that features female artists from Vancouver and Toronto. Offering a safe space for women and femme-identifying creatives to display their work, Objets d’ Arc will be an evening of art and music aimed to empower those who choose to shun heteronormativity or patriarchal rules.

      Featuring artists such as photographer Zhamak Fullad, painter and henna creator Samia Sun, Vancouver Art and Leisure’s resident mixed-media curator Liz Kim, and tattoo artist Nina Chwelos, Objets d’ Arc covers a spectrum of different disciplines to provide support for the burgeoning female art scene.

      Curator Sunny Chen will be performing her new track “Ocean Girl” under her musical alias Sad China, and ACE (Kaizen Orb) is set to reveal the live art show, “The Village Ram”, for the first time. Further visuals will be provided by Miki Aurora, who will screen her arthouse short film “The Prophecy” to highlight the experiences of trans individuals.

      The physical artwork will be available to purchase during the event, and again on Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. (October 17 and 18).

      Objets d’ Arc is at Vancouver Art and Leisure on Thursday (October 13).

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