Everyone has a story to tell.
If you immigrated to Vancouver Island, the Campbell River Art Gallery wants to hear yours.
It’s launching ‘Humans of Campbell River,’ a new project that will feature a series of photos with write-ups that will be posted to its Instagram page.
Each post will focus on someone who moved to town from elsewhere to match the cross-cultural themes of the gallery’s current exhibition, ‘Translations.’
Running now until September 2nd, the exhibit presents sculpture, performance and installative practices that help to communicate aspects of Arabic and Iranian culture in Canadian contexts.
Its central focus is how the translation of culture occurs across transnational boundaries.
Curatorial assistant Rachel Enns says the idea for ‘Humans of Campbell River’ came to fruition after gallery staff wanted to ramp up community engagement.
“Maybe they’re from somewhere else, whether that’s somewhere else in Canada or somewhere else in the world,” Enns says.
As everyone has a different take on what it’s like to move and now live in the city, Enns says the new project will help to take the ‘Transitions’ exhibit and “boil it down to how it’s relevant to Campbell River.”
Inspiration for ‘Humans of Campbell River’ came from Brandon Stanton’s ‘Humans of New York,’ a photoblog and book of street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City.
Started nearly ten years ago by Stanton, the blog has developed a large following with over 18 million followers on Facebook.
Enns adds that the gallery’s goal is to start posting entries sometime this month.
If you’re interested in being interviewed, call (250) 287-2261 or send an email to [email protected].