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Weaving Cultural Identities Exhibit


Fibre & textile arts Indigenous Intercultural Museum
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Museum of Surrey

17710 56A Ave

Surrey, BC


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Weaving Cultural Identities is an exhibit from Vancouver Biennale that brings Indigenous and Islamic communities together in a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories. The works unpack uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, the land, and identity.

Commissioned and circulated as part of the 2018-2021 Vancouver Biennale, with touring support from the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council, this special exhibition was inspired by Paradise Has Many Gates, a chain-link structure that was installed for two years in a local oceanside park in Vancouver. This sculpture by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem took the form of a spiritual space and challenged cultural barriers and our perception of communal spaces.

The early stages of Weaving Cultural Identities paired textile artists of different disciplines and backgrounds with graphic designers of various cultural descents. Based on their own experiences and histories, these groups collaborated to create a series of works celebrating the rich significance of textile arts (in both sacred and historic senses) through the inspirational art and conceptualization of prayer rugs and weaving/textile traditions.

Collectively these artists developed a platform and process for community dialogue through arts-based, approachable discussions around uncomfortable issues of belonging, forcible displacement, diaspora, assimilation, and honouring land presently shared by several groups. In bringing together diverse communities, the Weaving Cultural Identities project encouraged dialogue around the acknowledgment and celebration of local Indigenous and migrant histories.


Museum of Surrey

Museum of Surrey is situated on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Salish peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) Nations. We honour and respect these territories and are thankful to be here.

Museum of Surrey, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Cloverdale, is owned and operated by the City of Surrey. Located on the Heritage Campus in Cloverdale, the museum includes a main building with a feature gallery, TD Explore Zone, Indigenous Hall, Textile Centre and Surrey Stories Gallery.

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