The Vancouver Ideas

Rafael Villares (Cuba)


Title: The Vancouver Ideas
Artist: Rafael Villares (b. 1989, Cuba)
Medium: Artist portfolio, 72 sheets of paper in a boxed set
Dimensions (H x W x D): 23.25 x 15.75 x 2 inches (59.1 x 40 x 5.1 cm) 
Vancouver Biennale Residency Space in Vancouver

With the desire to unite work processes carried out during his 2019 Vancouver Biennale residency, Rafael Villares has created an artist book called The Vancouver Ideas: Reimagining the City in 72 Days.

The final result is an artist portfolio that summarizes the multiple layers of Villares’ experience in Vancouver. The 72 sheets of paper act as a timeline for his ten-week residency. Using writings and drawings, the artist fashions proposals that mediate between his previous works while trying to push his practice one step further. The Vancouver Ideas, although inspired by the multicultural diversity of the city, complements a global vision revolving around the artist’s concerns for our current times.

Special thanks to the following:  

TransLink, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Ambassade de France au Canada, MakerLabs, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Vancouver, Greenbarn, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Park Board, Neekoo Philanthropic Society, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, Centre A, Catherine Kwan, Sun Wah Centre, Melt Collective, Product Care Recycling, Recycling Alternative, Our Social Fabric ~ Textile Recycling Initiative, Dressew, Indian Summer Festival, Jesse Saniuk, Evan MacDonald, MP Dr. Hedy Fry & Office, MP Joyce Murray & Office, Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology.