Edi­tor’s choice

The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

SWARM CITY Van­cou­ver’s annual cel­e­bra­tion of artist-run cul­ture and in­die gal­leries, SWARM, gets buzzing this year with 14 open­ings and events rang­ing from vi­su­alart dis­plays, 16mm films, and artist talks to a Djed after-party. Among the high­lights, Thurs­day will see the grunt gallery open Tech­ni­cal Prob­lem, an ex­hibit by Aileen Bah­ma­nipour, who em­ploys Per­sian minia­ture paint­ing tech­niques. The next night, the Gam Gallery will fea­ture Rest in Power by lo­cal artist San­deep Jo­hal (re­cently seen at the Van­cou­ver Mu­ral Fes­ti­val), fea­tur­ing draw­ings (shown here) of 12 women whose mur­ders have im­pacted the artist. The Or Gallery presents Flow­ers for Africa by Kap­wani Ki­wanga, an ex­hibit of sym­bolic blooms that rep­re­sent key mo­ments of in­de­pen­dence for African na­tions. There’s more, much more, all wrap­ping at 21 East Pen­der Street, with a party hosted by LIVE Bi­en­nale.

The 18th annual SWARM Fes­ti­val takes place Thurs­day and Fri­day (September 7 and 8) at artist-run gal­leries around Mount Pleas­ant, Chi­na­town, and be­yond.

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