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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  • Sunday, October 15, 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.


Faria Firoz

'Bringing Gifts'

Harem Tahir

Testimony explores themes of hope, displacement, isolation, perseverance & finding one's voice through the lenses of being a refugee & immigrant with the impactful paintings of Faria Firoz & Harem Tahir.

Faria Firoz is a Bangladeshi-born interdisciplinary artist whose surreal & expressive oil & acrylic paintings address the struggles faced by some immigrant women who come to Canada in abusive or unsupportive relationships, facing the added struggle of navigating unfamiliar culture, language & customs. Through sharing these images, Firoz hopes to give voice to these women & offer solidarity.

Harem Tahir is a Kurdish artist from Iraq, whose childhood was spent in a refugee camp. His bold, realistic acrylic paintings explore the experiences of children displaced from their communities, surrounded by war & living with an uncertain future. Using art as a means of working through trauma, Jamal hopes his work will give viewers insight & understanding to other refugees.

Artists Talk Livestream

Watch a livestream conversation with the artists as they share insights into their artistic processes, inspirations & take a tour of the exhibition.

Meet the Artists
Sat. Oct. 14, 2 - 3:30 pm

Join us in celebrating art & artists! Meet the artists, chat with them about their work, & celebrate the creativity in our community.

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Summer Hours: Wednesday  Saturday 12 – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm


The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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