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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
1 May 21·4:00 PMuntil5:30 PM

CAG Reads

Whess Harman presents Tillie Walden and Diigii Daguna

Online via Zoom

A black and white photograph of Whess Harman. They sit by the water and smiling.

We are pleased to announce our latest installment of CAG Reads, a book club where artists invite us to read alongside them. Each month an artist proposes a text for our collective reading pleasure, culminating in a virtual hangout where the artist leads a wide-ranging discussion grounded in their chosen reading material.

This month, CAG Reads will be hosted by artist Whess Harman. Harman’s multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, text, poetry, and curation. They use their practice as a way of interpreting questions of identity and relation and prioritize internal community dialogue over colonial frameworks. Current projects include the Potlatch Punk series, various text-based works, zines, and comics. Harman currently lives and works on the territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations as the curator at grunt gallery.

Whess has selected two comics for our spring CAG Reads. On A Sunbeam (2018) by Tillie Walden, an epic queer love story and sci-fi graphic novel that echoes classic comic genres while rendering them in Walden’s own unique visual language. Mami (2018) by Diigii Daguna is a sweet and savoury detective story told in vivid, time-honored manga style with a touch of romance and lots of food.

Getting the texts

On A Sunbeam can be read here and is available at the Vancouver Public Library. Mami can be ordered as a digital copy here. Physical copies can be ordered from Lucky’s Books and Comics, Pulp Fiction, or Massy Books; please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.