Diyan Achjadi

image: Dip, 2018

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

Coming up: Memories of the Future III at the Roedde House Museum, with Cindy Mochizuki, curated by Katherine Dennis

"In response to the history and domestic setting of the Roedde House—built in 1893 and originally home to the family of Gustav Roedde, one of Vancouver’s first bookbinders—artists Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki mark and inscribe the Roedde House Museum with reimagined narratives. The artists each consider an element of the museum’s print history, including the Roedde’s successful printing business and the decorative arts typical of the late 19th century. Inserting their artworks within the period rooms, the artists interrupt the museum’s dominant story of a middle-class European immigrant family and speak to Canada’s difficult colonial history, which continues to shape the nation’s present."

Exhibition opening and artist talks, Saturday, September 29, 1-4 pm

Honoured to be showing with some of my faves in this upcoming exhibition in Portland, OR Diverse Voices from Vancouver BC, Curated by Rachel Lafo
Diyan Achjadi, Mark De Long, Jeremy Hof, James Nizam Brendan Tang, Angela Teng, Howie Tsui

Opening Reception: July 19, 6 - 8 pm
Panel Discussion: July 19, 5 pm
First Thursday Reception: August 2, 6 - 8 pm

Excited to launch my year-long, printmaking-based project Coming Soon!, commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program. Look for wheat-pasted, hand-pulled prints at a number of sites around the City - new prints will be pasted around the 15th of each month.
For more information about the project, please visit

Honoured to be part of the Spotlight on the Collection: Diyan Achjadi and Thirza Cuthand at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.

Surface Handling: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang, curated by Wendy Peart, at the Dunlop Art Gallery. We are showing our collaborative work, Residue, as well as work from our individual practices. Brendan Tang and I will be there for the opening and a talk on April 6, and a public workshop on April 7.

Currently showing in HalfHuman, curated by Mario Naves, at the Clemente Soto Velez Centre in New York, NY

Online catalog on view here.

I'm pleased to announce that I've been awarded an Artist-Initiated Public Art Commission from the City of Vancouver!
Stay tuned for more details. More information can be found here

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.