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Lunch & Look Tour: Kevin Deforest

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Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Brandon, MB



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Join us for a walk-through tour of exhibition Okasan & Papi: Remixing Hybridity by the artist, Kevin Ei-Ichi Deforest. Light snack and beverages will be provided.

Okasan & Papi: Remixing Hybridity is a series of projects that continue the artist’s investigation into the representation of his mixed race Eurasian identity. A series of easel paintings pay homage to the memory of the artist’s late father, a Swiss-Canadian, and honour the influence of his Japanese mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1950s. Other projects make reference to the representation of Asian and mixed identities through the lens of popular music. The Record Shop is an ongoing series of mixed media works that repurposes vinyl album covers—these modified record jackets use a range of stylistic approaches and reference popular culture in relation to the artist’s hybrid identity. Singing Love, Noise, Racism presents the lyrics of popular songs as they would be seen on a karaoke monitor to observe the complexity of meaning through pop music. Okasan & Papi looks critically at the multifaceted aspects of what constitutes one’s identity. And in deForest’s case, music, family and culture intersect to shape his view of the world and the differences within it.



Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is a community engaged contemporary art gallery that celebrates artistic excellence and diversity within our region and beyond. We believe that art is an essential element of what defines community, culture, and nation. As such, we are committed to the artists and deep art history of this land as we collectively work to understand the complexities and wonders of our lives and circumstances in this shared community.


Monica Joshi