Weaving Cultural Identities National Tour
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
The Weaving Cultural Identities is phase one of a multipart project by the Vancouver Biennale that brings together Indigenous and Islamic communities in a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories, thereby unpacking uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, the land, and identity.
This phase features a collaboration between 10 Coast Salish Indigenous artists and 8 Muslim artists to create 10 woven prayer rugs. The project is 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.
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 BC as part of the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale curatorial theme: “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.
Phase two of this project is to be exhibited to national and international audiences: Weaving Cultural Identities: Threads Through Time.
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Jun. 19, 2020 - Jul. 31, 2020
Aug. 28, 2020 - Oct. 23, 2020
Jan. 16, 2021 - Mar. 13, 2021
May. 8, 2021 - Aug. 22, 2021