Diyan Achjadi


Women's work is front and centre in new Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition

This fall, some works from the Girl series will be included in the exhibition Queer Forms at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis. "This multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs investigates and celebrates the history, politics and culture of LGBTQ+ Liberation across a range of artistic forms and perspectives. Queer Forms coincides with the anniversary of these important historical markers in the history of LGBTQ+ Liberation: the 50th anniversary of the establishment of FREE (Fight Repression of Erotic Expression), a Gay student organization at the University of Minnesota, and the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969; and the 60th anniversary of the resistance to police harassment of LGBTQ+ people at Cooper’s Donuts in Los Angeles in 1959."

Coming up in July: Mantle, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, curated by Katherine Dennis. I'll be showing the next iteration of Drift for this group show of artists that "explore the transformation of organic materials and draw learning from knowledge holders (be they people, land or other forces). The resulting artworks, which take the form of sculpture, photography, video, drawing and painting, draw attention to the interconnectedness of humankind and geology."

Honoured to be included in this exhibition of new drawing acquisitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery this summer.

VR Media made this beautiful short documentary of the Coming Soon! public art project. Please watch if you want to learn more about my year of printmaking and postering in Vancouver.

I made this drawing for VR Media's HiDef Editions. If you want to purchase a print, please contact VR Media directly at this link.

Sinking and Dip will be part of Nature As Communites at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, opening May 3.

Residue: Tracing The Lore, my collaboration with Brendan Tang, is currently on view at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC, as part of the exhibition (Dis)Connect. I'll be going there in June to talk about the work and do a printmaking workshop.

How far do you travel? has been getting some great press:

Art Seen: You don't see this very often, an artist talk on a moving bus by Kevin Griffin

Town Talk: Emily Carr Prof Gives Transit Bus an Indonesian Makeover by Malcolm Parry

Translink buses moving art, and people around Metro by Kevin Griffin

New Project Turns Vancouver Buses into Moving Public Art by Leah Sandals

Here's a video of the curator of How far do you travel?, Kimberly Phillips, speaking about the project and my work for this exhibition:
How Far Do You Travel?

Up next: I'm super excited to be part of How Far Do You Travel?, produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery in partnership with Translink. More information soon!

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