Image courtesy the artist
What does it mean to you to be an artist working in Edmonton?
Making art in Edmonton means standing up to the status quo and conservative thinking; we fight to offer diverse voices a chance to be heard and be part of the conversation. After 2016, the world took a turn to the right and it's even more crucial for artists to stand together, regardless of origin, gender, sexuality or color of skin. We are stronger that way and we will need everyone to help stop climate change, social collapse and, hopefully, help guide humanity toward a path of light, acceptance and love.
What is the Edmonton art scene to you?
It's a space where I feel welcome and heard; particularly in the LGBTQ+ community and how lively it is. There is an intense atmosphere of collaboration and challenge which I think is the perfect ground for social innovation. This show is proof of that, and especially during a pandemic, where most feel disconnected and isolated. It reminds us that we are here, together, part of the same community; we must prop each other up and show that hate has no place in this community. To me, it is clear that this is the way forward.
Be sure to catch Tamires Para in The Scene at your AGA in 2021 (stay tuned for our re-opening announcement).
Born in Brazil, Tamires Para came to Edmonton to undertake a Master’s degree in painting at the University of Alberta. As a woman and person of colour, she is passionate about the role that she can play in questioning the representation of women in art history, and particularly in the history of oil painting. Her painting practice reflects upon her experiences growing up in Brazilian patriarchal society, and how that worldview has been imprinted on her and shaped her own worldview and self-esteem. She sees her work as a cathartic reflection on the sustained trauma she and other women have endured.
Installation view of The Scene, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2021. Photo: Art Gallery of Alberta.