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Contemporary Art Gallery

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

Admission always free
20 Aug 23·1:00 PMuntil3:00 PM

Open Studio

Blackout Poetry with Rafael Zen

A portrait of Rafael Zen. The colours of the image have been inverted.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Open Studio is a monthly program for young visitors and families inspired by contemporary art practices and CAG’s current exhibitions. In August, we invite you to join us for an art-making workshop led by artist Rafael Zen.

Inspired by CAG’s current exhibition Dionne Lee: Ratios, Rafael will lead participants in exploring the creative process of blackout poetry. The workshop will explore the ways found media can be used as a source of inspiration for other creative outputs such as visual arts, media arts, screenwriting, and storytelling.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. A number of spots are reserved for families. RSVP to secure your place here.


Rafael Zen (he/they) is a queer Latinx media artist and performer working mostly through video and sound installation, spoken poetry/theory, interdisciplinary media, art education, and activist storytelling. In the past ten years, Zen has experimented with commissioned artistic projects, curated exhibitions and publications, owned an independent art school and publisher, and taught in academic/independent educational spaces. They hold a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Processes researching political counterattacks through poetic/political processes and is currently pursuing a degree in New Media + Sound Art at Emily Carr University. They also work as a curator and arts coordinator at Massy Arts Gallery.


ASL interpretation is available on request. Requests can be accommodated up to 5 days in advance. Please contact to book or for more information.