यारा YARA یارا is a collaboration between Aaniya Asrani, Annie Canto and Reyhan Yazdani. As women of colour and uninvited guests on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, they see this residency as an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black, Brown and Indigenous women in this contemporary moment of crisis.
YARA will invite 6 emerging artists with diverse practices to respond to collective prompts through a collaborative writing process that hopes to honour their lived experiences. The writing will then serve as inspiration for critical reflection from unique perspectives within the group, giving visual form to the ideas expressed. Through this process of co-creation and co-authorship, YARA aims to create a platform that amplifies BIPOC voices so that together, we can process the weight of this moment, rest in the knowledge that we are not alone, and ultimately form a community of care that can hold space for difference.
With gratitude as guests, Access is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Access additionally recognizes its location in Vancouver’s Chinatown, an area for the gathering of predominantly Cantonese-speaking Chinese labourers, settlers, and businesses since the nineteenth century. Our gallery borders the site of Hogan’s Alley, an important home to Vancouver’s Black population until their forced displacement through the construction of the Georgia viaduct fifty years ago.