Image description: A photo of a person waist down against a dark background. They are wearing dark green pants with three white stripes running down the side. They have one foot lifted while putting on a pair of black socks. To their left is a pile of clothing. Image of Marissa Wong’s solo, ‘Departure’, photo by Belen Garcia.
The genesis of the title of this exhibition comes from conversations between one of the exhibiting artist collectives, Immigrant Lessons (with leadership of their creative director and founder Kevin Fraser) and New Works. Their adjacently named project is a series of works from their second full length video ORIGINS/How Do We Coexist? which is an immersive exploration into a past that leaves echoes in the present. The works presented in the exhibition features works such as dance videos or images from New Works artists of Asian Heritage, and celebrates Asian culture and the creativity of Asian diasporas living on unceded Coast Salish Territory.
The exhibition is designed to allow for multiple points of access. The on-site exhibition can be found on CMHC Granville Island from May 24-31 during daylight hours, on the exteriors, windows and lobbies of the Carousel Theatre Studio, Ocean Artworks, Old Bridge Street Studio, Railspur Alley, The Arts Club Theatre, and Waterfront Theatre. All the words will be accessible at ground level with no steps in outdoor spaces. All works will be captioned in English with transcripts available online. Visitors with access to a mobile device will be able to access audio elements via their devices.
For folks who cannot or choose not to access the works on CMHC Granville Island as well as those who access the website via scanned QR codes on-site, all works and information about the featured performers and their projects available online.
New Works is proud to participate in the 25th Anniversary of explorASIAN produced by Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). Past Echoes in the Present is COVID-19 compliant based on the current public health orders. This project is made possible by Canadian Heritage, the City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Gaming, and the generous in-kind support of CMHC Granville Island.
Visit our accessibility page for information on how to access CMHC Granville Island and our on-site exhibition. Video tours are available in spoke English with English captions and subtitle files in: Tagalog, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, and Punjabi. Audio tours are available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tagalog.