Threads Through Time Touring Exhibition

Touring Exhibition

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie, AB
October 26, 2023 to March 17, 2024



Threads Through Time is an extension of the original 2018 project entitled Weaving Cultural Identities, which featured 10 small-scale prayer rugs designed and woven by artists from Indigenous and Islamic communities.

This multipart project is a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories. For this phase of the project, the Vancouver Biennale invited Indigenous and multi-ethnic weavers to engage in conversations about migration, colonization and the subsequent demarcations of unceded lands.

The weavers have created five individual woven works, channeling their experience of the land through the voices of their ancestors. Inspired by this dialogue and in honouring these experiences, a team of jacquard weavers and a Muslim graphic designer created a large border that holds these weavings together, culminating in a 31-by-15-foot rug. In this border, a poem by Muslim poet Efemeral is woven into the fabric in Arabic, reflecting the weavers’ acknowledgment of and respect for Muslim migrant experiences.


They were exiled from their mosques

And in their mosques martyred

So in the expanse of their exile and martyrdom

They built a mosque


The Weaving Cultural Identities project was inspired by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem’s public installation Paradise Has Many Gates, a chain-link mosque installed in Sen̓áḵw – Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, as part of the 2018-2021 Vancouver Biennale exhibition whose curatorial theme is “re-IMAGE-n.” By reimagining Vancouver’s Indigenous and migrant communities’ loss of identity and sacred traditions through displacement, we can work towards reintroducing traditional practices that reflect spiritual healing and cultural restoration.


Read the exhibition catalogue (PDF)


Curated By

Zarina Laalo


Exhibition Photos

Daniel Fox


Mike Thomas

Kevin Bertram


Watch the Video


Press Coverage

Yukon Arts Centre

Journal Metro

Vie Des Arts

Culture Days

Maple Ridge News



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