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  • Gabi Dao

    Gabi Dao (Canadian, b. 1991) is an artist and organizer currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dao’s research-based practice culminates in collage, sculpture, sound and moving image installations. They also generate olfactory experiences in both their installations and their small-batch perfume business, PPL’S PERFUME. Through non-linear conceptions of memory, time and truth, Dao confronts Western ocularcentrism and the rigid binarism of capitalism. Dao also engages with writing and community building in her work. Dao is currently an MFA candidate at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and received a BFA from Emily Carr University. Dao was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2021) and received the Portfolio Prize Award for Emerging Artists (2016). She has exhibited in galleries and artist-run spaces across Canada, Asia and Europe, including solo exhibitions at grunt gallery and Spare Room, Vancouver; as well as group exhibitions at the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art, Hà Nội, Vietnam; Centre Clark, Montreal; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Kamias Triennale, Quezon City, Philippines; Nanaimo Art Gallery; Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University, Vancouver; Burnaby Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery; Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; Western Front, Vancouver;  Artspeak, Vancouver; 221a, Vancouver.

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  • Glenn Lewis

    Glenn Lewis (Canadian, b. 1935) is a contemporary conceptual artist based in Vancouver. Lewis became a central figure within Vancouver’s prolific avant-garde art scene of the late 1960s. Initially trained in ceramics, his practice expanded to include photography, sculpture, performance and video, and is often grounded in collaborative projects or approaches. Lewis’s work questions the dualities of the social and the natural, the conventional and the mythical, as well as the static and the transient. Over time he has become increasingly inspired by paradise myths, nature and topiary, which motivated his travels around the world photographing gardens. These interests intersect in his commitment to preserving rare and regional botany. Lewis received a degree from the Vancouver School of Art in 1958 (now Emily Carr University) and later a teaching degree from the University of British Columbia. He went on to study ceramics under artist and potter Bernard Leach at St. Ives in Cornwall, England from 1961 to 1963. Upon returning to Vancouver, Lewis became involved in numerous artists’ collectives and artist-run centres, including Intermedia (1970) and the New Era Social Club (1968). In 1973, he co-founded the Western Front Society with Martin Bartlett, Mo van Nostrand, Kate Craig, Henry Greenhow, Eric Metcalfe, Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov. As an educator, arts administrator and arts programmer, Lewis has curated numerous exhibitions and programs, including the Performance Art Program at the Western Front (1977-79), the Exhibition Program at the Western Front (1986-87) and the Western Front Historical Exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (1983). Lewis has served on numerous boards and councils, including the Vancouver Art Gallery Board of Directors and the Western Front Board of Directors. His work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and abroad.

     

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  • Bahar Mohazabnia

  • Rehab Nazzal

    Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born (b. 1961) multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator based in Vancouver. Her work interrogates the effects of settler colonialism on people, land and non-human life in Palestine. Nazzal blends experimental, conceptual and documentary strategies in her video, photography, sound and installation works. Her process relies heavily on research, critical thinking and community. Nazzal’s community organizing work includes collaboration with various art collectives, activist groups and galleries in Toronto, London, ON, Vancouver and Ottawa. Nazzal is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University. Nazzal was an assistant professor at Dar Al-Kalima University in Bethlehem, Palestine for three years, where she also served as Chair of the Contemporary Art and Interior Design Programs. She has lectured at Simon Fraser University, Western University and Ottawa School of Art. She holds a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from the University of Western Ontario, an MFA from Ryerson University, a BFA from the University of Ottawa and a BA (Economics) from Damascus University. Nazzal’s work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally, including at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto; CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto; Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa; The Spanish Institute of Art; Encounters Film Festival, UK; the 22nd Sydney Biennale, Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Foresight Gallery, Amman, Jordan; and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Palestine. She was a resident at the 29e Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and AXENEO7 Gallery in Quebec. She is the recipient of the Social Justice Award from Ryerson University and the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Arts Award in Photography from the University of Ottawa.

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  • Ellinee Nelson

  • Melanie O’Brian

    Melanie O’Brian is Associate Director/Curator at the Belkin, and has been the gallery’s Acting Director/Curator 2022 to the present. Prior to joining the Belkin, O’Brian was Director/Curator of Simon Fraser University Art Galleries, including Audain, Teck and SFU Gallery, from 2012 to 2020. She was formerly Curator/Head of Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Director/Curator at Artspeak in Vancouver and Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. O’Brian has taught at UBC, Emily Carr University and Simon Fraser University, and received her MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. She has organized exhibitions locally and internationally, edited numerous publications and written extensively for catalogues and magazines.

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  • Jay Pahre

    Jay Pahre (American, b. 1991) is a queer and trans settler artist, writer, and cultural worker currently based on the unceded territories of the of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Weaving between drawing, sculpture and writing, his work queries trans and queer nonhuman ecologies at points of intersection with the human. Originally from the midwestern US, Pahre has turned his work back toward the shifting ecologies of the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions. He received his BFA in painting and BA in East Asian studies in 2014, and his MA in East Asian studies from the University of Illinois in 2017. He went on to complete his MFA in visual art at the University of British Columbia in 2020. His work has been exhibited across the US and Canada. He was selected for the Transgender Studies Chair Fellowship at the University of Victoria (2020), as well as the Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship (2020) and Fred Herzog Award in Visual Art (2019) at the University of British Columbia.

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  • Dana Qaddah

    Dana Qaddah (b. 1996 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator based on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory. With a practice which forefronts themes of Arab futurism and storytelling, Qaddah uses archives of personal and itinerant cultural knowledge in installation, sculpture, photography and video works, while reflecting on generational displacement and being abstracted from the destruction of one’s own sense of self and place. Qaddah holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, and has presented work in both solo and group exhibitions at Unit 17, Vancouver. Other solo shows were held at Massy Arts Society for Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver and Glass Corner at Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Qaddah will be included in an upcoming group exhibition at Pendulum Gallery for Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver (2023). Notable residencies include Plug-In ICA’s Summer Institute II: BUSH Gallery, and a two-month production residency at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Recent curatorial projects include Upper Side of the Sky by Jawa El Khash hosted by Western Front, Vancouver, as part of Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week and No Man’s Land by Razan Al Salah hosted by C Magazine.

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  • Karen Zalamea