Asian-Canadian artistic resilience

During the pandemic


Visual Arts 

“As a first generation Quebecer, I am proud to be a part of Quebec's multicultural fabric. As an artist, I use my photography to connect with people and have been working on since the beginning of the pandemic with the aim of staying connected with other (Asian-Canadian) artists here in Quebec and across the nation. Following a virtual chat, I have been gathering people's pandemic experience and remotely photographing them. The result is a rich mosaic of cultural and artistic diversity, a portrait of the Asian-Canadian artistic community in confinement. This project has allowed me to connect with and share experiences and challenges with other members of our artistic community.”

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Kiran Ambwani

Now a feature length documentary

What We Choose To Remember

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What We Choose to Remember features a cast of more than 30 characters, whose families arrived in successive waves of immigration. The oldest families arrived during the period of ‘two solitudes’ when Montreal’s population was more than 50% English. They share firsthand accounts decades of political upheaval. The most recent immigrants arrived believing linguistic conflicts were ancient history. 

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Our story takes place on the Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these nations and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters. We also call upon all levels of government to adopt and implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

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