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Opening Reception / Ideas To Make The World Bearable with Rafael Zen + Khalil Alomar

July 17, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT




Sunday, July 17 at 3pm, Massy Arts will host an opening reception for Ideas To Make The World Bearable, an upcoming exhibition by artists Rafael Zen (Brazil/Canada), Khalil Alomar (Lebanon/Canada) and Brazilian art collective Lote84.

The show will present the web series, Ideas To Make The World Bearable – a political education project that Zen organizes and coordinates in South America. Through a 10-class workshop the artist presented and discussed philosophical, political and poetic theories about togetherness, community building, post-identity, decoloniality, and anti-capitalism. For the exhibition, Zen and Alomar will create new collage and assemblage pieces as a take over of Massy Arts’ windows, and release the web series with English captions for North-America through Massy’s webpage.

At the reception, the artists will present their work, show episodes from the online series, and gather with viewers in an afternoon of discussions around political art, sabotage, and counter-attack.

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

The opening reception is open to all community + free, tickets are limited, and registration is mandatory.

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 kindly ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Click here to know more about Ideas To Make The World Bearable

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The Artists

RAFAEL ZEN is a queer South-American artist, researcher and writer currently living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Zen holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Practices researching anti-capitalist art, and also a graduate degree in Contemporary Literature researching queer latinx poetics. 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. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the James Black Gallery, and writes about Arts and Culture for The Source Vancouver – Forum of Diversity.

KHALIL ALOMAR is a queer Lebanese-Canadian visual artist with background in Education. Currently 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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July 17, 2022
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT