Faune Ybarra, Artist – Vancouver

Faune Ybarra is a diasporic artist originally from Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico. Due to the experiences of constantly moving and adapting, she has conceived of her body as a site of translation from where she attempts to communicate with other people and the non-human. Focusing on questioning the understanding of communication beyond our human constructs of language, Faune works with “portable formats” such as video, sound, performance, and photo-based practices. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently expanding her research/practice on the interrelation of displacement and “diasporic gestures” at Simon Fraser University as part of the MFA cohort in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Faune will be giving an artist talk on June 27 as part of her recent artist residency at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The event will be accessible via Zoom and take place at 6pm, Newfoundland time; 3:30pm, CDMX/Oaxaca time; and 1:30 pm, British Columbia time.

  1. Getting to know the neighbourhood plants

This is my first spring in Vancouver and I’m getting to enjoy flowers, plants, and weeds growing everywhere. I like to touch and talk to them gently as a way to introduce myself. My gardening-oriented mother taught me this is how you build everlasting relationships with those around you.

  1. Crow watching

Crows are the most intelligent birds. From their intricate vocal behaviour to their ability to remember human faces and advise their pals against hanging around jerks, crows are the greatest. It’s crow-bombing season in Vancouver, which means crow parents fly towards people to protect their babies. How to identify a crow baby and keep away from danger? If the crow looks a bit like Billy Ray Cyrus in this pic, run.

  1. Learning from cats

These cats (Tuna, clearly my favourite, and GreyBear) are my roommate’s and I get to enjoy them as part of the rent. Tuna went to the vet the other day and I cried when they said he had swollen gums. The next day GreyBear scratched me when I tried to put him in his carrier. I was so mad and in pain, but I still wanted to protect them. With his scratch, GreyBear expanded my palm “fate line” and now I’m trying to reconcile all these feelings, thoughts, and emotions as if they were a puzzle.

  1. Buy Nothing group(s)!

Buy Nothing is an international project creating hyper-local gift-economies. You find your neighbourhood’s group, request to join, and start giving away things you don’t need anymore. I have gotten so many materials for my projects, it’s a godsend! I got this elastic from a person who upcycled a fitted sheet and I used it to make my own mask. Maybe see if your neighbourhood has one group, or start one 🙂

  1. Small rituals/gestures to fight uncertainty

Holding myself tight at night, going for walks until I find a body of water, impromptu tarot readings. Everything helps when adapting to a new place. Some of these actions I have come to call “diasporic gestures” – enactments and extensions of the ever-itinerant idea of home.