June 22, 2018

Vancouver Biennale: Paradise Has Many Gates

A mosque is rising at Vanier Park in Vancouver. It’s part of the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale, which has brought public art to Vancouver since 1998.

The artist is Ajlan Gharem, a graduate from King Khalid University. A public school mathematics teacher in Riyadh, Gharem is also co-founder of Gharem Studio, along with his brother.

On Tuesday, June 26, the unveiling of Gharem’s “Paradise Has Many Gates” will be the official launch event for the 2018 – 2020 Vancouver Biennale. The artist will be on site.

Tuesday, June 26:

  • 10:00-10:30am: Welcoming from First Nations.
  • 10:30-11:00am: Opening Remarks including Park Board, Mauro Vescara (CEO of MOV), et al.
  • 11:00am-1pm: Press Interviews, General Questions and Dialogue with Ajlan Gharem.

Wednesday, June 27 (6 -9:22 pm)

From the Vancouver Biennale:

Ajlan Gharem is a multidisciplinary artist who explores how Saudis articulate their culture…in a world of increasing globalization and constantly changing power dynamics.

In a climate of rapid development across the Gulf and a cautious Saudi response, Ajlan’s work focuses on the balance of power between the individual and the state and on his generation’s ability to create change.

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