Photo of artist Ghinwa Yassine jumping in place against a white background.

The Artist As Artwork: Workshop Series

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Call for Expressions of Interest (with capacity for 8-10 participants)

Application Deadline: May 8, 2022

Workshop Schedule: June 1, 15, 29 from 6pm - 8:30pm

VIVO Media Arts Centre

To artists with a practice involving photography, video & filmmaking, performance, visual storytelling, and sound: this is an opportunity to create and showcase a work under the theme of autobiographical art.

Join this series of in-person workshops with anti-disciplinary artist Ghinwa Yassine and learn new tools to conceptualize and create an original artwork based on your lived experience, whether dealing with personal memories or collective histories. If you have an existing art practice, no matter what stage you are at in your career, you’re welcome to apply.

VIVO Media Arts Centre will support you with gear to produce your artwork and an opportunity to showcase it at the end of the program within an interdisciplinary art exhibition. You will also have the chance to book a feedback session and get support with your creative process.

The workshops will take place on June 1, 15, and 29, 2022 and the resulting artworks will be exhibited at VIVO Media Arts Centre in the winter of 2022.

Before you apply please read this document with more details about the workshops and the program, and make sure to check the trigger warnings. Due to the nature of the material shared in this program, Clinical Counsellor Brett Richardson (RCC, CCC, RCT) will be present during the workshops as a capacity facilitator and will provide mental and emotional support when needed.

To apply, please fill out this form. Tell us how your work relates to your life or lineage and how the Artist As Artwork program will contribute to your practice. If you have questions about the program or need help with filling out the form, please contact Mandana Mansouri, Programming Manager: or (604) 872-8337.

We encourage applicants from within the region with an interdisciplinary or media practice and will give priority to equity-seeking* participants. Seats will be limited. Applications will open on April 11 and close on May 8, 2022, at 12:00 PM. Selected participants will be notified by May 20, 2022.

Workshops take place on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 PM on the following dates:

June 1, June 15, June 29

*Equity seeking participants are those who face barriers along intersections such as ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, or sexual orientation.

VIVO is located on the stolen, sacred and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

About the 

Ghinwa Yassine (Lebanon/Canada) is an anti-disciplinary artist, based on the unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh people. Her mixed media work includes film, installation, performance, sound, text and drawing. In her art, Yassine confronts the ideological and patriarchal systems that she grew up in while exploring collective feelings and what it means to be a marked body. She seeks a radical historicizing of individual and collective traumas where embodied memories manifest through story, ritual, and gesture. She pursues community-based research around embodied writing and the healing potential of autobiographical art.

Yassine holds an MFA in contemporary art and interdisciplinary studies at Simon Fraser University, an MA in Digital Video Design from the University of the Arts Utrecht, and a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut.

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