New Exhibition Explores Community, Culture, and the Meaning of “Home”

Lea Bucknell, 1044, Archival inkjet print, 2016.

Immigration: A Conversation

August 5th to October 9th, 2022

Immigration: A Conversation is a group exhibition highlighting the work of Sorour Abdollahi, Aileen Bahmanipour, Lea Bucknell, José Delgado-Guevara, Gabriela Hirt, Mohadese Movahed, Rana Sahraei, and Yvonne Vander Kooi. This exhibition, comprising work from artists throughout British Columbia, explores the many ways that immigration can alter the lives of those who experience it for not only years, but generations to come. This exhibition will be on display from August 5th to October 9th, 2022.

While this show shares the work of artists based throughout British Columbia, two of the artists are local to Prince George. José Delgado-Guevara, who has a drawing and a sculpture featured in the exhibition, is also an accomplished classical violinist and a musician of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. Rana Sahraei lends her skills as a local graphic designer to this exhibition by sharing her mixed media work. Other artists in this show hail from the Slocan Valley to Vancouver Island and many places in between.

The artworks in this exhibition are as diverse as the stories of the artists from whom they come. Large scale paintings in fluorescent hues hang alongside delicate but powerful illustrations that cascade from the ceiling to the floor. Immigration: A Conversation aims to provoke an understanding and appreciation of the many different lived experiences of not just the artists represented, but the countless individuals who have experienced immigration. When describing this show, Assistant Curator Kait Herlehy said, “I hope more than anything that this exhibition can be the beginning of a conversation in Prince George about the way that immigration has shaped the lives of our neighbours. The goal, today and always, is to build a stronger connection within our community.”


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