The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement seeks to highlight past Grebel Gallery artists. This artist series reflects on the ideas of community and identity in relation to envisioning a post-COVID world. Read the profiles below to learn more about the current artistry and passions of these creative professionals.
Tesatawiyat, Grebel Gallery, Winter 2017
Bryce Kanbara is a Japanese Canadian visual artist. His career spans nearly 50 years, and he is currently the curator/proprietor at you me gallery in Hamilton, Ontario. Kanbara has had an active presence in the provincial art community, such as past involvement at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Hamilton Artists Inc. and curatorial positions at Burlington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.
Tesatawiyat means "Come in" in Mohawk, an Iroquoian language. This exhibit was a community photography project that gave a look into the homes and lives of First Nations families living in Hamilton, created in partnership with photographer Mina Ao.
To learn more about you me gallery, visit youmegallery.com
Collage & Connectednesss, Grebel Gallery, Spring 2017
Catherine Mellinger is a Waterloo-based fine artist, with interests in collage, mixed media, and community art. As a certified Expressive Arts Therapist, involved in multiple Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery public programs, Mellinger is passionate about the ways art can heal and bring people together.
Her exhibition at the Grebel Gallery, Collage and Connectedness, showcased art created by five KW youth during a series of workshops. The pieces focused on the theme of connectedness through art.
To learn more about Catherine Mellinger's artistry, visit cargocollective.com/catherinemellinger/HOME.
The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues, Fall 2020, Grebel Gallery
Sara Matthews is an artist and academic, with interests in conflict, education, and social change. A faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, her projects explore the relationship between war and visual culture.
Matthews' exhibition The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues at the Grebel Gallery employed installation and social documentary practices to engage a conversation about the social practices surrounding surveillance and drone technologies.
To learn more about Sara Matthews' artistry and scholarship, visit saramatthews.ca.
A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land, Grebel Gallery, Spring 2018
Heng-Gil Han is the founding director of the Korea Art Forum, based in New York City. He is a distinguished curator and has published numerous critical essays.
His curated exhibit hosted at the Grebel Gallery, A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land, featured rarely-seen art pieces of North and South Korean, American, and Chinese artists. From bright paintings to monochromatic photography, Han's exhibit displayed a variety of styles, voices, and perspectives.
For more information about Han and his upcoming work, visit the Korean Art Forum website.
Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There, Grebel Gallery, Fall 2018
Soheila Esfahani is an Iranian-Canadian artist based in Waterloo, ON. In recent years, Esfahani's work has explored the concept of cultural translation, as first described by Homi Bhabha. Using cultural ornaments, objects, and souvenirs, Esfahani's installations challenge the viewer's understanding of how cultures are negotiated and adapted when occupying new spaces.
Esfahani's exhibit at the Grebel Gallery, Cultural Translation, showcased mostly blue and white porcelain, an artistic style adopted by many different cultures.
For more information about Esfahani and her upcoming work, visit soheila.ca.