The 13th annual Doors Open Richmond will move online in 2020 to offer Richmond an opportunity to “come together” during a prolonged period of social isolation. The online event will feature digital content that celebrates cultural diversity and promotes civic awareness from over 30 places of worship, cultural centres, ethnic and local businesses, as well as museums, heritage sites and civic spaces.
In partnership with Richmond Public Art, Capture Photography Festival, and InTransit BC, the Richmond Art Gallery is participating in this event with online artist interviews and tours of the photo-based art installations along the Canada Line. The works were installed as part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival and will continue to be on display until September 2020.
Get outside to visit the works of Emily Neufeld at Lansdowne Canada Line Station and of Manuel Axel Strain at Aberdeen Canada Line Station. While there, use your device to hear directly from the artists as they discuss their artworks, or view a tour from the comfort of home!
Video will be released here and on the Gallery’s YouTube channel for Doors Open Richmond.
About the Artworks:
Emily Neufeld at Lansdowne Canada Line Station, Richmond
Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, a descendant of Mennonites, Emily Neufeld’s interest lies in the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit it. Over the last two years Neufeld has visited and photographed a dozen of these empty houses, where the work takes on a performative aspect. Once in the structures, she considers the history of the inhabitants, the building with its contents, and performs interventions – creating sculptures from the various materials found within the homes and yards.
Manuel Axel Strain at Aberdeen Canada Line Station, Richmond
Self portrait with mended flesh by two-spirit artist Manuel Axel Strain is a diptych depicting the artist’s connection to their Grandmother. The work is born out of the artist’s internalized struggle to accept their own identity. Wrapped in their grandmother’s scarf, the artist’s arms metaphorically carry a spiritual connection and kinship to their ancestors. With such gestures of guidance and care by the older generation, the artist reflects on the traumatic times of their life, expressed in terms of vulnerability and resilience in reference to current and historical forms of colonial violence.