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New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation debuts in July

July 7 2014

It's Written on Your Face by Jeannette Sirois

A new project debuts in July to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Transit shelters around the city

"It's Written on Your Face" by Jeannette Sirois is a series of four photo-realistic drawn portraits with words of connection towards healing of racial biases “tattooed” across the faces of each person .

“The element of facial tattoos which incorporate words is meant to guide the viewer towards remembering…as a means to convey what judging by a person’s skin colour means,” says Sirois. The posters will be in sites around the city through July.

Sirois lives in Surrey, and works in traditional media and digital technology. She holds a BFA from Concordia University and a Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia.

Other Reconciliation artworks on display in July

Additional artworks on display that debuted in March 2014 are:

  • "Open Handed" banners by Brian Liu at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
  • "Her Story" photo mural by Krista Belle Stewart at the Canada Line City Centre Station
  • Video by Emilie Crewe at the dual screens, Granville and Robson
  • Video by Krista Belle Stewart at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia
  • Video by Jeremy Borsos at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie

Upcoming artwork

Watch for upcoming artwork by Dionne Paul (Sechelt) in August.

How the artists were selected

The City’s Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects from an open call to Canadian artists.

The first five debuted in March 2014. New transit shelter posters will continue to premiere through August.

The Year of Reconciliation

Vancouver City Council proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver in response to Reconciliation Canada’s national call to action to help build more inclusive communities.

Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

Learn about the Public Art Program

Public art

Explore and find out how the City and Park Board support public art by emerging and established artists in Vancouver.