Peace in the Middle East is the theme of the October art exhibit at Vancouver’s North Bank gallery, It features works by several Iraqi and Iranian artists that Kanaan enlisted. He said he’s sorry he couldn’t come up with a Syrian artist, which would have been especially relevant right now; he’s pretty sure the Jewish photographer he invited will come through.
“I told him we all long for peace, no matter who you are and where you’re from,” Kanaan said. “We can all come together to show a different image of the Middle East.”
For himself, Kanaan said he’ll be showing works that harken back to that earlier, innocent time in his own life. They’re all brand new works, he said, but they’ll recall a time when everything seemed simpler — and childlike doodling was a legitimate way of expressing the peace he felt.
“Right now I feel the Middle East is living through the Middle Ages,” he said. “What god ever asked you to do this? Religion came to enhance humanity, not to destroy it.”
North Bank’s October art exhibit for peace in the Middle East, called “Nostalgia,” is available for viewing all month during gallery hours, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the First Friday Art Walk, from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. North Bank is at 1005 Main St.