Offsite Exhibitions

Offsite exhibitions are organized by the Gallery’s Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator and generally draw from works from the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. Offsite exhibitions also present opportunities for emerging and local artists to present their work to a wide audience.

Two Burnaby library locations, Bob Prittie Metrotown Library and McGill Library, host these exhibitions.

Rawan Hassan: Where We Once Stood

May 23-September 18, 2024

Credit: Rawan Hassan, In and Out of Sight, 2022, honeycomb grained paper, ink, and charcoal, 48.5 cm x 48.5 cm, courtesy of the artist

McGill Library
4595 Albert Street, Burnaby
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Where We Once Stood is an exhibition by Rawan Hassan exploring themes of identity, loss, resistance, resilience, and the daily experience of processing the ongoing occupation and colonialism of Palestine. Hassan utilizes various techniques and materials as well as points of reference, from patterned landscape drawings inspired by archival photographs of pre-1948 Palestine, to embroidery pieces that play with traditional cross-stitching known as Tatreez, to charcoal rubbings. Hassan brings together the work in this exhibition to showcase the complexities of being a diasporic Palestinian while seeking a balance between upholding and challenging these culturally rich traditions.

Alina Senchenko: Tender Breeze

May 23-September 30, 2024

Credit: Alina Senchenko, Tender Breeze (detail), 2015, courtesy of the artist

Bob Prittie Library
6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
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The exhibition Tender Breeze explores the memories of a time before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It is comprised of images taken during Alina Senchenko’s last visit home in 2015. For Senchenko, the photographs hold a special significance as they reflect on the reality that these people, places, and moments may no longer exist. Senchenko’s photographs of still life scenes and everyday life and leisure activities of Ukrainians provide a nuanced representation of life in Ukraine. The images aim to challenge the common Western perception of poverty and despair, revealing the serenity and beauty of the landscape, animals, and people who call this land their home. In her work, Senchenko creates photographs that serve as social documents, depicting the real and lived experiences of Ukrainians while bringing attention to a region that is often misunderstood and misrepresented.

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