Think Again

Where Vancouver - - Art Galleries - —Sheri Rad­ford

Thanks to the Van­cou­ver Bi­en­nale (page 31), lo­cals are ac­cus­tomed to eye-catch­ing art­work spring­ing up all over the city, every­thing from an up­side-down church to a totem pole made of cars. The fourth it­er­a­tion of this outdoor art ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs from 2018 to 2020, kicked off in the sum­mer with “Par­adise Has Many Gates” (pic­tured). Saudi Ara­bian artist Ajlan Gharem con­structed his ver­sion of an Is­lamic mosque from chain-link fence. By evok­ing thoughts about re­li­gion, free­dom, im­pris­on­ment and in­ter­cul­tur­al­ism, this provocative piece fits per­fectly into the Bi­en­nale’s theme, “re-IM­AGE-n.” And its lo­ca­tion in Vanier Park guar­an­tees that it is accessible to all, whether for a schol­arly dis­cus­sion about what makes a space sa­cred, or a leisurely outdoor pic­nic, or both.

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