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 Visual Arts and Material Practice at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
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