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Art in Alternative Spaces Panel

November 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join a small gathering of community members at KIAC to view an in-person screening of the Art in Alternative Spaces panel discussion.

Online panel conversation with Florence Yee, Bo Yeung, Philip Ocampo, and Ammar Mahimwalla. Hosted by STEPS Public Art and KIAC/ODD Gallery.

Often when we think of art we picture a traditional gallery space, with limited public access. But what happens when a community’s alternative spaces become the canvas for contemporary artworks? What happens when our laneways, parks, virtual platforms, and other community gathering places become the canvas’ on which art is shared? What does that mean for collective access and for the work itself? This conversation seeks to explore how the Institution exists, and how it is possible to make art outside of it. In this discussion, panelists will explore the value and place of alternative presentation models as a space for accessibility and activism across Canada.
This is a virtual event – you can preregister HERE.
Alternatively, KIAC will be hosting a small in-person screening of the panel. Sign up HERE
Ammar Mahimwalla is a cultural planner, curator, and project manager with 10 years of experience at visual arts organizations and local government. In his current role at the City of Victoria, he is working on increasing cultural spaces by exploring and facilitating new property ownership and management models for arts and culture organizations supported by regulatory and fiscal policies. An accomplished curator and programmer, Ammar was responsible for activating public spaces and engaging communities, organizing over 25 temporary and permanent large scale-public art installations by internationally significant artists across Metro Vancouver from 2013 to 2018. As an immigrant and global citizen, Ammar has gained international experience working as a program consultant for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai, India, as part of an international interdisciplinary team exploring the use of public spaces and lived experiences of residents in global cities through arts-based programming.
Ammar is completing his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University, Montreal with research and professional experience in real estate development and non-profit housing initiatives. He has a Bachelor’s in Arts with a double major in Anthropology and History from UBC.
Bo Yeung is a interdisciplinary Cantonese artist whose work is primarily textiles, family belongings, performances and installations. She resides on the traditional territory of Tr’ondëk Hwëchin in Dawson City, Yukon. Yeung immigrated in 1995 from a rice farming village in Kaiping, China to Vancouver and from that moment on there has been a complex relationship in unsettling belongings, diaspora and community. She was raised in a family chinese restaurant, in Kamloops where she completed her BFA at TRU(Thompson Rivers University) both spaces ignited the reimagining of the narrative in chinese diaspora. This conversation includes her ancestors and her family her work is an offering to them.
Philip Leonard Ocampo is an artist and arts facilitator based in Tkaronto, Canada. Ocampo’s multidisciplinary practice primarily involves painting, sculpture, writing and curatorial projects. His work usually explores phenomenon, magic, and memory, using the extraordinary to reconcile and better understand personal and collective experiences, often through a diasporic focus. Ocampo is interested in the allure of the unknown, and through this curiosity, seeks to access aspects of existence that are invisible, intangible, or inhuman in nature.
He holds a BFA in Integrated Media (DPXA) from OCAD University (2018) and is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre and one of the four founding co-directors of Hearth, a new artist run space in the city.
Florence Yee is a visual artist and recovering workaholic based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their practice uses text-based art, sculpture, and textile installation through the intimacy of doubt. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2021), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2020), the Textile Museum of Canada (2020), and the Gardiner Museum (2019), among others. Along with Arezu Salamzadeh, they have co-founded the Chinatown Biennial in 2020. They obtained a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from OCAD U.

Photo credit: Misiksk Jadis


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