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By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

December 4, 2012-February 18, 2013
McGill Library 

As symbols that represent time and place, names reflect the prevailing attitude of the culture in which they are given. While full of meaning,the attempt to capture complex traditions in a single word often neglects the numerous, conflicting characteristics of a city and its people. Like many other cities, Vancouver’s diverse, multicultural background has given way to the creation of several alternate names. These names—given in admiration, as matter-of-fact descriptors, or in jest—observe the many facets of our local industry, culture and geography. Bestowed by both residents and visitors, they suggest the multitude of histories that collectively define Vancouver. By Any Other Name considers the unique narratives hidden within some of these alternate names. The exhibition comprises seven Vancouver-based graphic designers, all graduates of Emily Carr University who occupy an important role in shaping Vancouver’s visual culture. Each designer was assigned one of Vancouver’s alternate names as the basis of a poster design. See the Province Newspaper review.

Emily Carr Alumni