Diyan Achjadi

image: Drift, 2017, as installed at the Carleton University Art Gallery.
Photo by Justin Wonnacott

Diyan Achjadi’s work examines historical prints and surface ornamentation, tracing narratives of cross-cultural imaginings, influences and contaminations, retranslating and reinterpreting them through drawing, printmaking and animation.

Achjadi received a BFA from the Cooper Union (New York, NY) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and beyond, most recently at the Richmond Art Gallery (BC); Open Studio (ON) and the Art Gallery of MIssisauga (ON), and including solo presentations at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC), Oboro (Montreal, QC) and AIR Gallery (New York, NY), among others. In 2014, Achjadi was an artist-in-residence at Malaspina Printmakers (Vancouver, BC); Fanoon: Centre for Print Research (Doha, Qatar); and the Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium).

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to a West-Javanese father and an English-Canadian mother, Achjadi grew up moving between Jakarta, Hong Kong, London, and Washington DC. Her formative years were spent negotiating different educational, political, and cultural systems, leading to an ongoing interest in how our understanding of ideologies is influenced and informed by the visual popular culture that surrounds us. Achjadi currently resides in Vancouver, BC where she is an Associate Professor of Print Media at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Screenings

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I'm pleased to announce that I've been awarded an Artist-Initiated Public Art Commission from the City of Vancouver!
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Animate: Diyan Achjadi and Alisi Telengut
Curated by Alice Ming Wai Jim

11 September – 12 November 2017
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa

Along with Java Toile and Fragmented Creature, I will be exhibiting a new, large-scale drawing and print installation, Drift

Facade Festival 2017
Produced by The Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Go2Productions
September 4 - 10, 2017, 7:30pm to midnight each evening

I will be screening a new, commissioned animation on Tuesday, September 5. For the full schedule please visit the ||Facade Festival website

Groupe Intervention Vidéo - Programme historique
Hosted by Fonderie Darling and Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV)|

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 8:30 pm
Fonderie Darling
745, rue Ottawa, Montreal

My animation SIgn Off (2010) will be screened at this event.

Harbourfront Centre Gallery, Toronto
Curated by Melanie Egan & Robyn Wilcox
June 24 - September 17, 2017

For Dwell I constructed the wallpaper NonSerie, which is being shown with the animation Neither Here Nor There.