Artist Talk: Diyan Achjadi on “Coming Soon!”

Join us for an artist talk by Vancouver-based artist Diyan Achjadi, who will present on her public artwork Coming Soon! This is a year-long project taking place throughout Vancouver on the structures that surround construction sites. Each month, a new series of prints made using letterpress, linocut and lithography techniques are installed throughout the city, mirroring the landscapes around new developments. Over the course of the year, the posters will accumulate. Vulnerable to the effects of the elements, the prints will begin to decay and transform. At the heart, this project is an exploration of questions of value, temporality, and labour.

Diyan Achjadi works in drawing, printmaking, and animation. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art (New York) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal). She has exhibited at Façade Festival (Vancouver), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Richmond Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Open Studio (Toronto), Centre MAI (Montreal), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Oboro (Montreal) and AIR Gallery (New York), among others. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Diyan lives and works in Vancouver, and is an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Coming Soon! was selected as part of the City of Vancouver’s Artist-Initiated Public Art call that invited local artists to propose new works throughout the city, contemplating its defining features, spaces and neighbourhoods.


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