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Weaving Cultural Identities

August 1, 2020 - September 13, 2020

The Vancouver Biennale presents the Weaving Cultural Identities national touring exhibition, hosted by Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Weaving Cultural Identities explores multicultural identity and intercultural relations through traditional weaving as a storytelling medium. Graphic artists and weavers from Vancouver’s immigrant Muslim communities and Coast Salish Indigenous communities including Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Tl’azt’en were brought together in collaboration to create a series of 10 small-scale “prayer rugs” inspired by Islamic prayer rugs and ceremonial Indigenous weavings.

The weavings are a visual manifest of prominent, national dialogues surrounding the reconciliation of heritage, and the sharing and celebration of cultural knowledge, symbolism and self-identification through textile traditions. This multi-part project Is part of Vancouver Biennale’s 2018-2020 curatorial theme, “re-IMAGE-n”.

Special thanks for the support on this project: Canada Council for the Arts, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, Heritage BC, Government of Canada, Museum of Vancouver. ~Miigwetch/ Hai Hai/ Ekosi / Merci/ Thank you

Artists: Angela George, Chief Janice George & Buddy Joseph, Dawn Livera & Adrienne Neufeld, Krista Point, Nadia Sajjid, Ruth Sheuing, Shamina Senaratme, Michelle Sirois Silver, Debra Sparrow, Robyn Sparrow, Mary Lou Trinkwon, Doaa Jamal, Damian John, Sholeh Mahlouji, Michelle Nahanee, and Kit Walton; In partnership with the Vancouver Biennale, curated by Zarina Laalo, exhibition coordinated by Lori Lai

Please contact Director, Daina Warren for interviews

For details on this show and also how Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery is taking COVID precautions so you can safely view- go to


August 1, 2020
September 13, 2020
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