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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Artist Talk : Testimony with Faria Firoz & Harem Jamal


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West Vancouver, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Join us for an engaging livestream conversation with the artists, Faria Firoz & Harem Jamal, as they share insights into their artistic processes, inspirations, take a tour of the exhibition Testimony, and answer questions from viewers. The talk will be streamed on Youtube.

The exhibition, Testimony explores themes of hope, displacement, isolation, perseverance & finding one's voice under the circumstances of being a refugee & immigrant through the impactful paintings of Faria Firoz & Harem Jamal.

Faria Firoz is a Bangladeshi-born interdisciplinary artist whose surreal & expressive oil & acrylic paintings address the struggles faced by some immigrant women who come to Canada in abusive or unsupportive relationships, facing the added struggle of navigating unfamiliar culture, language & customs. Through sharing these images, Firoz hopes to give voice to these women & offer solidarity.

Harem Jamal is a Kurdish artist from Iraq, whose childhood was spent in a refugee camp. His bold, realistic acrylic paintings explore the experiences of children displaced from their communities, surrounded by war & living with an uncertain future. Using art as a means of working through trauma, Jamal hopes his work will give viewers insight & understanding to other refugees.



West Vancouver Community Arts Council

West Vancouver Community Arts Council (WVCAC ) is a not-for-profit organization, with a mission to increase and broaden the opportunities for West Vancouver and all North Shore citizens to enjoy and participate in cultural activities. The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples.

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West Van Arts & Culture Hub

West Vancouver Community Arts Council West Vancouver, BC

Join us in West Vancouver for a wide variety of free Arts and Culture activities. Culture Days programming includes in person and virtual events for all ages ranging from exhibitions, talks, and performances.