Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo at the Vancouver Art Gallery features recent contemporary works from 32 local artists

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      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents its newest exhibition, Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo this spring. It’s the second installment in a series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary works from artists in the Greater Vancouver region.

      This unique group exhibitions features recent works of 32 established and emerging artists, manyare exhibiting at the gallery for the first time. The exhibition encompasses a variety of media, scale, and modes of presentation, with artworks that address themes of cultural resilience, the articulation of marginalized histories, and the significance of embodied knowledge.

      Since opening in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery has regularly organized group exhibitions that represent the current activity of artists in the region. Building on this history, which began with the B.C. annual exhibitions and continued with significant curatorial projects of recent decades, the Vancouver Special exhibitions occur every three to five years. These unique gallery exhibitions offer a sustained engagement with the diverse communities of contemporary artists who make Vancouver a hub of cultural production.

      From May 29, 2021 to January 2, 2022, people are welcome to attend the thought-provoking exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery in-person. However, visitors must book timed-entry tickets in advance.

      “The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present the latest edition of this project highlighting our vital and resilient artists, following what has been a transformative and challenging year,” says Anthony Kiendl, CEO and director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “This exhibition reveals insights to our culture that are important, timely, and profound.”

      Artists featured in the upcoming edition of Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo include Jim Adams, Afuwa with Tonye Aganaba and Marci T House, Simranpreet Anand, Lacie Burning, Charles Campbell, Patrick Cruz, Gabi Dao with John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari, Chief Janice George and “Buddy” Willard Joseph, Simon Grefiel, Whess Harman, James Harry, and Lauren Brevner, Odera Igbokwe, Kwiigay iiwaans, Chief Floyd Joseph and Salia Joseph, Katie Kozak, Yaimel López Zaldívar, Betty Mulat and Zam Zam Warsame of NuZi Collective, Oraf, Manuel Axel Strain, Valérie d. Walker, MV Williams, Lam Wong, Marika St. Rose Yeo, and Kenneth Yuen.

      The exhibition is curated by five Vancouver-based curators including Phanuel Antwi, writer, poet, and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia; Grant Arnold, Audain curator of British Columbia Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery; Jeneen Frei Njootli, artist, curator, and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia; Jenn Jackson, author and independent curator; and artist and independent curator Christian Vistan.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibitions, extensive public programs, and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world.

      Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo is on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery until January 2, 2022. Visit to purchase your timed-entry ticket.