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New Richmond Art Gallery exhibition to explore powers of daily rituals

Processing trauma, resisting colonial narratives and environmental issues are explored through the exhibition
A Practice of Gestures
Drinking from my mother's saucer, 2015. Video still.

The Richmond Art Gallery is welcoming six B.C.-based artists in its upcoming exhibition that examines themes of resistance and resilience.   

A Practice in Gestures will feature exhibit works by South Asian Muslim Canadian artist Farheen HaQ, interdisciplinary artist Deborah Koenker, Anishinaabe bead artist Bec Koski, Iranian Canadian artist Mitra Mahmoodi, embroidery artist Bettina Matzkuhn and UBC professor emerita of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and theory Barbara Zeigler.

The exhibit will run from September 10 to November 7 and will showcase works in various art forms such as beading, embroidery, ceramics, sculpture and video to promote conversation surrounding trauma, colonial narratives and environmental issues.

 “A Practice in Gestures explores methods of resistance and resilience, turning to the subtle yet tangible ways in which we emotionally and physically work through personal – and ultimately universal – inquiries,” said Nan Capogna, exhibition curator at the Richmond Art Gallery, in a press release.

“At the start of the pandemic, we saw a collective turn inward toward the home and to making things by hand; more than a year later this exhibition provides perspective on what these kinds of simple practices can offer.”