Crossing Time Zone · 2022 C-C-A Emerging Artists Communication Exhibition - Artist promotion | Diana Ohiozebau
China-Canada-Australia Emerging Artists Communication Exhibition
Crossing Time zone · Emerging Artists
Artist Promotion - Phase X
《All In This Together II》
Acrylics, fabrics, and Yarn on aso-oke fabric
“All In This Together II reinforces the importance of solidarity, community, sharing difficult and joyful moments through resilience and strength. Irrespective of who we are in our diverse identities, social standing, and privileges, we all feel pain, joy, and discomfort and experience life altering situations at different points in time. Thus, this work honours the concept of supporting one another, despite our challenges and seemingly differences. The visual element of this work includes free flowing juxtaposed lines, motifs from African masks and fabrics, and acrylic pigments on Aso-oke fabric. Aso oke fabric is a traditional Nigerian handwoven fabric made by the collective effort of community members especially in rural communities in Nigeria. In this work, this fabric serves as a reference to its historical connotation including community engagement and collective resilience. It measures 1.8 meters in length with looping trails of extended yarns gracefully flowing downward. Through the elements in this work, viewers are welcome to put aside differences, reflect, appreciate and find comfort in the knowledge that we are never truly alone especially in our struggles because we all share in the same humanity despite our diverse race, cultures, and identities.” ——Diana Ohiozebau
Acrylics, fabrics, and Yarn on aso-oke fabric／2022
Diana Ohiozebau is an Edmonton-based mixed media artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from Ambrose Alli University in Nigeria with first-class honours and was a valedictorian of her class. In 2018, she earned a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the University of Calgary. She has had several exhibitions in Alberta and Saskatchewan and is currently scheduled to exhibit at the Edmonton Design Week 2022. She has also led many workshops, including the 2021 Culture Days Workshop hosted at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the just concluded workshop series organized by Latitude 53 and Al Fresco, Edmonton. In addition, she has received awards and grants, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and Edmonton Arts Council. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta while working on private and public art commissions.
"My artistic practice is inspired by black identity, place, femininity, culture, and my experiences as a Nigerian Canadian striding two worlds. In my studio practice, multiple colours, geometric shapes, lines, abstraction, textures, stylization, patterns, and motifs from African fabrics are recurring elements in my works. Through an intuition-led process, I juxtapose and overlap these materials and elements to create works that exist as paintings, textiles, and sculptures. I find fulfillment in my intuitive process because every painting becomes a journey that leads to a cohesive, meaningful, and beautiful piece beyond my expectation."
Ⅰ· 2022 October -Edmonton Design WeekⅡ· 2022 February -April 2022 Rise Emerging Artist Exhibition program, Canmore, AlbertaⅢ· 2021 September – March 2022 Diversity In Art – Edmonton Galleries DistrictⅣ· 2021 Amplify -Group Show- Gallery @501 Strathcona County Ⅴ· 2021 August – November. Resilience II Art Gallery of St. Albert Ⅵ· 2021 July – August. The Next Act Art Showcase, Edmonton Ⅶ· 2018Unravelling Aso-oke II, Gallery 621, Department of Art, University of Calgary, AB, Canada. Ⅷ· 2017 Saskatchewan Art Showcase at the Saskatchewan Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Ⅸ· 2017 Haskayne School of Business Art Competition and Award, University of Calgary, AB Canada. Ⅹ· 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner (for different categories/divisions) in the 2015 Saskatchewan Art Exhibition, Saskatoon, Canada.
Ⅰ· 2017 3rd place winner in the 2017 Saskatchewan Art Exhibition, Saskatoon, CanadaⅡ· 2017 Haskayne School of Business Art Competition and Award, University of Calgary, AB Canada.Ⅲ· 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner (for different categories/divisions) in the 2015 SaskatchewanArt Exhibition, Saskatoon, Canada.Ⅳ· 2012 Edo State Governor's Award for Best Graduating Student. Ⅴ· 2010 Dean's Award, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
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Initiator & Director
Melanie WilminkCaspar Fairhall Curators AssistantMaggie Bai Haru Liu Nyusa Zhou Joanne Yeung Uchida Ma Yien Wang Sarah Yang Lcey Yin Chloe Zhang Wendy Peng Consultant Joel Ong OrganizerSino-Canada Alliance of Arts and CultureLuxun Academy of Fine Arts gallerySensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and TechnologyYork University Centre for Asian Researchthe School of Visual Communication Design of LAFA
Funding by the Canada-China Initiative Fund Committee at the York Centre for Asian Research
Funding by the “Double First-Class” Project of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
About the exhibition
Art is a language that doesn’t need translation. For a long time, art has played an important role in the communication between China and other countries. In the context of economic globalization, cultures from all over the world collide and fuse with each other, forming a multi-cultural network. Chinese culture and various cultures of other countries meet here, forming a strong and diverse artistic atmosphere As globalization makes the cultural and artistic exchanges between countries more frequent and more closely connected, the optimization of the international artistic ecological environment also provides new opportunities for the evolution of art. Art is enriched by exchanges and mutual learning; the development of art requires international exchanges and cooperation, the active participation of artists from all countries, the sharing of ideas, the collision of hearts and the blending of emotions.This initiative is hosted by the Sino-Canada Alliance of Arts and Culture,York University Centre for Asian Research, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts gallery, and the School of Visual Communication Design of LAFA, with funds from the Canada-China Initiative Grant from York Centre for Asian Research, and Double first-class project approved by Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by young artists from all over the world, strengthens exchanges between artists from all over the world, and promotes the "beauty of each other and the beauty of the other" in Chinese and foreign cultures. By supporting art exchange activities between international artists , promoting the understanding of the different national cultures, and breaking through group and language barriers, we aim to achieve more commonality between people, creating communication, understanding,and fusion,thereby further optimizing the ecological environment,new opportunities for the artistic.This exhibition shows the vitality of the interdependence and common development of Chinese culture and the world civilization, promotes the pace of Chinese art to the world, and has a positive impact on promoting the inheritance and development of Chinese culture and strengthening the international exchange of Chinese culture. After the exhibition committee’s review, a total of 47 artists from 43 regions in the world have been selected into the "Crossing Time Zones·2022 China-Canada-Australia Emerging Artists Communication Exhibition". We will introduce the participating artists issue by issue, welcome your attention and subscription.
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