Current Exhibition

Three Cities: Prayer and Protest


Exhibition Title: Three Cities: Prayer and Protest

Artist: Mere Phantoms | Maya Ersan & Jaimie Robson

Opening: January 12, 2017 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 18, 2017

Three Cities: Prayer and Protest is a shadow-based installation that investigates sites of tension, controversy, and contact within three cosmopolitan environments. Inspired by recent cities the artists have lived and worked in (including Istanbul, Montreal and Vancouver), the exhibition explores notions of prayer and protest as communal expressions of personal hope, desire, demand and outrage.


ARTIST TALK: Saturday, January 14, 2:00 PM
grunt gallery, #116 – 350 E 2nd Ave


PERFORMANCE: Garden of Earthly Delights
co-presented by CSA Space, grunt gallery and PUSH Festival

January 19- 21, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Performances take place every 20 minutes during event hours. Very limited capacity.

CSA Space, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver (Entrance through Pulpfiction Books)

Tickets: $10 –> PURCHASE HERE

Inspired by the Hieronymus Bosch painting of the same name, this is an experience of the city as rendered in darkness. It’s a ten-minute-long journey in which five viewers at a time are guided by a cued sequence of shadow projections and sound to bring a procession of paper cut-outs to life. The cityscape appears as shadows on the wall, becoming an abstraction even as its physical essence is laid bare.

The artists take 16th century notions of heaven and hell and join them to a modern inquiry. This urban maze of concrete and cables: is it fantasy or nightmare? Decide for yourself as you experience the magic of light and paper. This is illusionism at its finest—refined down to a beautiful binary of black and white.


Mere Phantoms is the Montreal-based duo Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson, who are inspired by early cinema, papercutting and shadow theatre. Their work has appeared internationally.

Check out Mere Phantoms website

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