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At The Gallery / Ravelling Seams: Visioning Hope by Allison Chow + Sena Cleave + Rawan Hassan

June 3 - August 8

June 3rd – August 8th, 2024, Massy Arts will host, Ravelling Seams: Visioning Hope, a new group show by artists Allison Chow, Sena Cleave, and Rawan Hasan.

Ravelling Seams: Visioning Hope brings together a collection of unfolding stories. From strolls in shipyards to embodying home from away, the artists in this show braid intimate reflections with public spaces, archives, and the touchstones that constitute them.

Allison Chow’s site-specific “Shifting Sculptures” and “Scrolls” interweave different sights and sounds around the Lonsdale shipyard in North Vancouver. Compiling community work and her encounters in walks by the water’s edge, these works speak of hope, imagination, and collective power.

Sena Cleave’s woven netting sculptures put into tension sonaemono (offerings) exchanged between diasporic Japanese communities. Dried kelp, apple seeds, orange peels and rice are woven using butcher’s and poly rope –strings commonly used to tie food and level brick assemblies in a construction. In this fashion, Cleave offers their ancestors a home, a home where the thread and gifts hold each other in place while leaving space for the in-betweenness spanned from this bonding gesture. 

Rawan Hassan’s “Where We Once Stood” looks at archival images of Palestine pre-1948 to imagine what home is in the uninhabited present. In drawing gestures, her line work is an extension of the somatic practice of learning, seeing, and living through the results of colonization for the Palestinian diaspora. Hassan’s tatreez” (traditional Palestinian embroidery) drifts away from the story-telling tradition of sharing where one is from and instead opens up a conversation about where she exists as a diasporic subject.

The works in this exhibition outline the edges of collective hope while ravelling the lived experience of artists reaching –but never touching– the history of what could have been.

This project is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.

The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory.

To contact the gallery, send an email to: info@massyarts.com

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Allison Chow is an artist and writer based in the unsurrendered ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, known colonially as Vancouver. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, her practice draws from her studies of visual language, communications and a lifelong passion for immersing herself in literary worlds. Inspired by her time working in a social innovation studio for the past four years, she integrates tools such as ethnography and co-design into her practice, aiming to leverage curiosity and connection for systemic wellness and grassroots change. With a deep commitment to community-engaged art, Chow invites others to join her as fellow art-makers, thinkers, and researchers through playful embodied practices.

Sena Cleave is an artist living in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ peoples, or Vancouver, Canada. Working in sculpture, language, and photographic experiments, they address il/legibility and hybridity in contemporary Japanese diasporic experiences. They hold a BFA from Simon Fraser University. Recent exhibitions include Flavoured Soup, 560 Gallery; New and Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery; I Have Forgotten My Umbrella, Mónica Reyes Gallery; and Digital Interventions Part 2: Mediating Vessels, Massy Arts Society. Cleave’s writing has been published online as part of Timelines, Contemporary Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary web archive, and Slow Calendar, an ongoing textiles project by The Only Animal Theatre. 

Rawan Hassan is a queer Palestinian artist based in the unceded traditional territories xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, (in so called “Vancouver, Canada”). Her artwork explores realism and the abstract, through patterning, linework and pencil drawings. Her goal is to create work that reflects the cultures, experiences and perspectives she grew up and continues to evolve with. She is also interested in creating work that reflects the world around, while also creating possibilities of what could be.

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June 3
August 8
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23 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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