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.