Exhibiting at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Asian Heritage Month

There is so much we don't know about history and the historical relations between different cultures. Fortunately, art is always a great way to bridge the gap and help bring things together. 

I was able to learn a little bit more about Indonesia and it's history during the Asian Heritage Month through a creative project with the Asian Art an Culture Trust (AACT). 

A couple months ago, the AACT put out a call for artists to participate to a group exhibition called Conversation with Elders. The goal for that project was to pair artists with elders of asian descent to have a conversation with about their heritage and create a piece of artwork inspired by that conversation. I took this unique opportunity submit my application to participate with Betty, a lovely lady whom I met online through a meetup group called Soul City Social Club during the pandemic. She stood out in the group as being very creative, fashionable and full of interesting stories. She was the first person that popped in my mind when I first considered participating. And that got me to learn even more about her Indonesian background. 

Our conversation opened a new understanding of the history of Indonesia and the dynamics between Netherland and Indonesia. After some additional research, I was inspired to create this meaningful piece  called Betty's Hidden Wayang Heritage. You can find out more about the process and thinking behind it  in the video below. 


If you're in the Toronto area, you can see the series of artwork until May 22nd at TIFF and then from May 27 to May 29 at the Remote Gallery.