Diyan Achjadi


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Memories of the Future III, curated by Katherine Dennis. reviewed in Canadian Art:
Review: Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki at the Roedde House Museum, Vancouver, September 25 to November 18, 2018 by Joni Low

Coming Soon!, my year long public art project, reviewed in Galleries West:
Diyan Achjadi: Coming Soon! Gorgeous prints posted on hoardings around Vancouver construction sites address anxieties about urban change by Mark Mushet

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
Roedde House Museum (BC); Elizabeth Leach Gallery (OR); and Dunlop Art Gallery (SK). Solo presentations have included Centre M-A-I (Montreal, QC), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC), Oboro (Montreal, QC) and AIR Gallery (New York, NY), among others.

Achjadi has been an artist-in-residence at Malaspina Printmakers (Vancouver, BC); Fanoon: Centre for Print Research (Doha, Qatar); the Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium); the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, AB); and Studio XX (Montreal, QC).

She is a recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiated Public Art Commission from the City of Vancouver for her year-long project, Coming Soon.

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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image: Dip, 2018