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Image: Installation view of Echoes of a Circle, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2023. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

Echoes of a Circle

Part of our  Emerging Creators Incubator

 

 

Peghah Ahmadi
Jordanna George
Alia Hijaab
Juan Imperial
Jullianna Oke
Samantha Walters

August 03 – September 03, 2023

 

Echoes of a Circle is the outcome of the creative exploration of six emerging multidisciplinary artists participating in Evergreen Cultural Centre’s (ECC) Emerging Creators Incubator.   

This showcase features artwork by six emerging multidisciplinary artists participating in Evergreen Cultural Centre’s (ECC) Emerging Creators Incubator, featuring Pegah Ahmadi, Jordanna George, Alia Hijaab, Juan Imperial, Jullianna Oke and Samantha Walters. 

The Emerging Creators Incubator is designed to support emerging artists from all artistic disciplines living on the Coast Salish territories colonially known as the Tri-Cities and Lower Mainland. From May to July 2023, the artists came together to learn, dedicate time to their creative practices and form community. They received mentorship from guest artists Rebecca Bair, Sammy Chien 簡上翔, Sara Khan and Sandeep Johal as well as ECC staff, who guided the Incubator artists as they further developed their practices. Participants had access to the studios and facilities at ECC for one month to create the works in this showcase. Bridging performing and visual arts, the works in Echoes of a Circle reflect the artists’ journey through preservation and evolution.  

This youth-centred program is facilitated by Anna Luth, Curatorial Assistant, and Tanya Mathivanan, Performing Arts Assistant 

Images: Installation view of Echoes of a Circle, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2023. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

About the Artists:

Pegah Ahmadi

Pegah Ahmadi is an artist born in 1993 in Iran. She holds a Master of Art in Painting, Fine Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in Painting from Tehran University of Art. Pegah moved to Canada in 2018. She is based in Coquitlam today, on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation.  Painting is Pegah’s main medium. She has been always interested in working on small paintings with details. She represents repeated patterns, subjects, and compositions that are inspired from day-to-day life. Pegah’s art practice explores her relationship with other people and herself, with past and the future. The main theme of most of her works are memories, dreams, and nostalgia.  

Jordanna George

Jordanna George is an artist of mixed T’Sou-ke and Ukrainian ancestry. Originally from their ancestral land in Sooke, BC, they now live on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Kwikwetlem nations. They received a BFA from the University of Victoria in 2019, and since then they have primarily been making comics and illustrations, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and hope, and pulling influence from Indigeneity, queerness, and science fiction. The rest of George’s artistic practice involves painting and sculpture, following similar themes toin their illustrative work. When they aren’t creating, they can be found playing RPGs or curled up with a book. 

Alia Hijaab

Alia Hijaab is a multidisciplinary media artist based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh first nations. She is Syrian/American and grew up in Qatar before coming to Canada to pursue the arts.Alia makes art about boundaries that she has lived her life walking. From the social boundaries of race, culture, and sexuality to constructions of past and present, earthly and divine, she pries these open and casts light upon them. Combining food symbology, nostalgic colour scapes, and poetry, her work welcomes the viewer in and asks them to stay a while. 

Juan Imperial

Juan Alcuitas-Imperial is an emerging Filipino queer artist with roots in vogue and waacking. Since the age of 15, Juan has been dedicated to teaching, performing and supporting the overall growth of the ballroom and waacking communities. Juan has taught for VancityWaack, VanVogueJam, FORM film festival, and Libby Leshgold Gallery among other spaces across the lower mainland. Since 2020, Juan has been studying the intersection of street dance and contemporary in programs such as barangay project, lunacy phase and Modus Operandi’s link program – leading them to creating their debut film “the meeting place” for F-O-R-M 2022’s commissioned artist program.  

Jullianna Oke

Jullianna Oke (she/they) is an emerging interdisciplinary artist of Japanese-Canadian descent, working and playing in Vancouver on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Jullianna situates her work in relation to deep embodied listening, and adopts creation and a movement practice from this place of slow processing. Finishing her BFA Honours in Dance from Simon Fraser University, Jullianna’s interests lie in the passage of information and non-verbal communication expressed from one body to another through movement, sound, and media.  

Samantha Walters

Samantha Walters is an emerging interdisciplinary performance artist and writer. Their most recent works examine ecological relationships and post-human spiritualities, with heavy favour towards the weird, the queer, the dark, and the camp. Collaboration within communities and alongside the non-human lies at the heart of her process. She grew up in England and Hong Kong and holds a BFA honours in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her work has been featured by the Arts Club LEAP Program, the Or Festival, the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen, UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, and What Lab.  

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