Story and Photos By Deanna Cheng
At Centre A, a contemporary art gallery, three artists showcased a piece of Vancouver history rarely told by mainstream media and academia at Centre A, a contemporary art gallery in Chinatown.
Naveen Girn, curator of "GOONJ! Being Brown in Chinatown," said South Asian history in Vancouver extends over a hundred of years. The exhibit focuses on illuminating forgotten stories through three main artworks. "Goonj" means echo in Hindi.
Graffiti artist Nisha Kaur Sembi painted a mural about the history of the Ghadhar Party, an early 20th century Pacific Coast movement for Indian Independence.
Toronto-based Jagdeep Raina mined Canada's federal archives and refashioned photos in charcoal and paint. His drawings assert the South Asian presence on the streets.
Yule Ken Lum, with denim jeans, created a portrait of a Sikh man who is repeatedly cropped out of a historical photograph depicting the aftermath of the Ant-Asian Race Riots of 1907.Read More