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Free Collage Workshop for Youth / Community is Collage with Rafael Zen + Khalil Alomar

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - November 20 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Between October and November 2022, join Massy Arts, and Vancouver-based visual artists Rafael Zen + Khalil Alomar for “Community is Collage: Cutting out the stories that shaped us”, a series of four collage workshops targeted to young artists (14-18yo) that aims to teach the artistic techniques of paper and video collage while putting into dialogue three systemic and intersectional concepts that have built and shaped contemporary societies: race, class, and gender.

These in-person workshops are planned for all artistic levels, and no previous experience is needed. The workshops have two different focuses (paper collage and video collage), and artists are welcome to register for more than one class. Classes will be offered on:

  • October 23 – Sunday – 1pm to 5pm – Paper Collage
  • October 30 – Sunday – 1pm to 5pm – Paper Collage
  • November 06 – Sunday – 1pm to 5pm – Paper Collage + Video Collage
  • November 20 – Sunday – 1pm to 5pm – Paper Collage + Video Collage

Materials: Supplies will be provided for all paper collage workshops. For video collage classes, attendees will be asked to bring their own computer, and have previously installed Lightworks (free editing software).

This project was supported by a Creative Spark Vancouver grant disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools and funded by the City of Vancouver.

This event is open to all of our community – respecting the age limit of 14-18yo, and registration is mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Please be sure to register for this event.

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The Workshop

Collage offers an infinite possibility of symbol-matching and image creation, and attendees will be asked to address their our understanding of three of our society’s power systems – race, class and gender – through their creative practice using images found in mass media vehicles (books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, brochures) to create political art.

For us – as instructors, it’s urgent that new generations are well informed about the political aspects of identity, and visual arts can be a platform to establish connection and start dialogue. By allowing emerging young artists to openly debate the systems that have shaped their stories, we can put decolonial knowledge into action, contributing to the cultural + political growth of our local community.

Collage itself is an accessible art form, being easily adapted into the digital world with devices that emerging artists usually have in their hands: cell phones, tablets, computers, cameras, etc. Because of that, we feel that it creates a horizontal atmosphere where emerging artists can express themselves without previous experience needed.

By allowing our youth to comprehend and decolonize the images that surround them, this project invites young minds to challenge their understanding of equity, decolonization and reconciliation through a series of artistic exercises.

This project was supported by a Creative Spark Vancouver grant disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools and funded by the City of Vancouver.

– Text by Rafael Zen and Khalil Alomar

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The Instructors

RAFAEL ZEN is a queer Latinx artist, researcher and writer currently living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Zen is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University, and holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Practices researching anti-capitalist art. With over 10 years of experience in art education, Rafael Zen has been currently teaching courses about decolonial studies and activist collage at Lote84 (Brazil), where he organizes the commissioned projects: Culture and Confrontation, and Ideas to Make the World Bearable. In Vancouver, Rafael works for the Massy Arts Gallery.

KHALIL ALOMAR is a queer Lebanese-Canadian visual and audio artist with background in Education, currently studying Visual Arts at Emily Carr University. Living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl ̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, Alomar has focused his latest work on installations that suggest a critique on contemporary religious practices, and collages that touch discussions on gender, race, and class. As an artist in residency for Lote84 since 2020, Khalil Alomar is a collage artist and sound artist for the projects Ideas to Make the World Bearable, and Everything is Collage.

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Details

Start:
October 23 @ 1:00 pm PDT
End:
November 20 @ 5:00 pm PDT