August 25- 27
Harbourfront Centre

The Brushstrokes Between I and Myself

Self Portrait Gallery

August 25- 27
Harbourfront Centre

The Brushstrokes Between I and Myself

AUG 26th - 27th

South Lawn, North Orchard, Brigantine Patio

The Brushstrokes Between I and Myself

The Self-Portrait became an important art form during the Renaissance. The artists of this time began to incorporate their own self-images into their works, expressing the yearning of the self and thoughts on their identity. This was especially prominent in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Through self-portraits, artists can express their thoughts on identity and explore the relationship between the individual and society.

This year, we have curated a series of self-portraits called “The Brushstrokes Between I and Myself”. Through this exhibition, we will see:

How can self-portraits act as a social movement for disease equality, and a reflection of ourselves?

What kinds of secrets and creativity can we see through a children’s eyes?

How do we find conflicting and harmonious colours of cultural identity in diasporic artists’ paintings?

This exhibition hopes to inspire people through art, encouraging the audience to experience new perspectives on interpersonal relationships and gain new insight into their own identities. These artists bravely share their vulnerabilities and pride through bold and careful brushstrokes. With each layer and new shade, they invite the audience to think about their position in society and their understanding of self.

Experience a new you with this exhibition. Through appreciating art, we can deeper understand each other, learn better respect and acceptance, and contribute to creating a more diverse and equal society.

Love The Voice

Taiwan AIDS Society & Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association


Here We See More Than A Segment But All Of You

35 years ago, in 1987, a group of people took action and protested the US government’s ignoring of HIV, just because of the government’s stigma and discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community, with The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

They put the life stories of those who passed away from AIDS on the hand-made quilt to show the world that “human life matters”.

About Innocence

Youth Artists

“What does my inner self look like?”

“Are you curious about what secrets I’ve hidden inside my self-portrait?”

The relationship between children and their environment—

The world we live in has given the youth a pandemic to survive through; how do they respond? 

It's me and wǒ

Local Artists

The famous Canadian painter Emily Carr once said, “The better a portrait, the more indecent and naked the sitter must feel.” How fascinating, the idea that the subject of a portrait could feel so seen, and yet so exposed.

For many immigrants, this is not the reality. They often face the conflict of a double identity. On one hand, they might hold onto deep feelings of their motherland, wanting to preserve their original culture and identity. On the other hand, they are also doing their best to assimilate and adapt to the new environment, facing challenges in learning local lifestyle values, language, and customs.

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