The Vancouver Ideas
Rafael Villares (Cuba)
Title: The Vancouver Ideas
Artist: Rafael Villares (29, Cuba)
Medium: Artist portfolio, 72 sheets of paper
Dimensions (H x W): 15 x 20 in
Location: Vancouver Biennale Residency Space
With the desire to reunite the work process carried out during his residency, Rafael Villares has created an artist book called ‘The Vancouver Ideas: Reimagining the city in 72 days’.
The final result is a 15 x 20in portfolio that summarizes the multiple layers of Villares’ experience in Vancouver. The 72 sheets of paper acts as a timeline for the 10 weeks of residency. Using writings and drawings, the artist elaborates proposals that mediate between his previous works while trying to push his practice one step further. The ideas of Vancouver, although inspired by the multicultural diversity of the city, complement a global vision around the artists’ concerns about 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 (official), 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.