Five Vancouver art exhibits to check out this month

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      Art: it’s the universal language of social critique, and Vancouver’s got plenty of that. Here are five exhibits happening this month that you won’t want to miss.

      GEORGE CLUTESI: ḥašaḥʔap / ʔaapḥii / ʕc̓ik / ḥaaʔaksuqƛ / ʔiiḥmisʔap at Bill Reid Gallery

      Starting January 20

      A retrospective on the late George Clutesi, a Nuu-chah-nulth artist whose work has preserved and celebrated the cultural traditions of the Nuu-chah-nulth community, is coming to the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. The exhibition showcases Clutesi's artworks—from watercolour and pen and ink on paper—along with photographic archives and a documentary. A curated selection of works by contemporary Nuu-chah-nulth artists and scholars inspired by Clutesi is on show, as well.

      Aporia (Notes to a Medium) at The Belkin Gallery

      Until April 14

      UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery doesn’t shy away from complex topics. Currently on is Aporia—from the Greek word “aporos”—which attempts to observe how history, mythology, and wishful thinking collide. Through sculpture, photography, and installations, Aporia poses questions about media and government. Featured artists are Colleen Brown, Azza El Siddique, Dani Gal, Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey, Mark Lewis, Jenine Marsh, Jalal Toufic, and Elizabeth Zvonar.

      Rooted Here: Woven From The Land at the Vancouver Art Gallery

      Until May 12

      Giving recognition to four prominent Salish weavers, Rooted Here: Woven from the Land at the Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates this time-honoured art form. The featured artists are qʷənat, Angela George (səlilwətaɬ/Tsleil-Waututh); Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/Squamish); Skwetsimeltxw Willard “Buddy” Joseph (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/Squamish); and Qwasen, Debra Sparrow (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm/Musqueam), whose works detail the traditions of Salish weaving, and who have contributed to local art and culture for decades.

      Refuge Canada at the Museum of Vancouver

      Until February 2

      This travelling exhibition won’t be here for much longer. The Museum of Vancouver displays a challenging journey through the eyes of refugees, using images, installations, soundscapes, and artifacts to illustrate this lived experience. In this interactive display, you can crawl inside a tent, try to find room in an inflatable boat, or even look out plane windows to an approaching Canadian landmass, all while hearing refugee stories throughout the exhibit. 

      From Slander’s Brand at The Polygon Gallery

      Until February 4

      Also leaving soon is a three-person exhibit at North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery. Artists Hannah Darabi, Rachel Khedoori, and Ron Terada each ponder how art acts as a witness to historical moments through their work. Archival and collected images aim to illustrate how art and reporting form our perception of events.

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