Hapa-palooza Headquarters & Hyphen Art Exhibit

Sep. 23-27, 12pm-6pm, Daily
Party, Friday Sep. 26, 7pm-10pm
Artist Talk, Saturday Sep. 27, 1pm
SHOW CLOSES Sat. Sep. 27 @2:30pm - don't miss it!

Visit the 2014 Hapa-palooza Festival Headquarters open noon to 6pm daily for the Hyphen Art Exhibit featuring four talented Hapa artists, including work from acclaimed photographer Hana Pesut and Vancouver artists Jana SasakiNargis Dhirani and Sunkosi Maya.

Join us for a party on the evening of Friday September 26 to groove to hip Hapa DJ duo Spirit ANML, marvel at the Hyphen Art Exhibit, enjoy Hapa Tapas by Michael Tora Speier, meet Hapa-palooza organizers and check out festival swag. It’s like a full ‘Hapa’ goody bag.

Come by on Saturday Sep. 27 at 1pm for an artist talk with participating artists.

It is also a place to check out festival goodies, such as acclaimed artist and author Kip Fulbeck’s book Part Asian, 100% Hapa, festival merchandise and your very own Hip Hapa Hooray T-shirts.

Location: thisopenspace, 230 East Pender Street, Free Event


Hana Pesut,  Switcheroo

Hana Pesut, Switcheroo

Hapa Jana,  Tabi Socks

Hapa Jana, Tabi Socks

Nargis Dhirani,  Lost

Nargis Dhirani, Lost

Suna Sunkosi Maya

Suna Sunkosi Maya

Hyphen Artists

Hana Pesut

Hana Pesut is a self-taught photographer currently living in Vancouver, Canada. Her main focus in photography is the “little moments” that people sometimes miss and later wish they had captured. She hopes to inspire others to take more photos in their day-to-day life. Hana is of Japanese and Canadian heritage.

Jana Sasaki

Jana Sasaki explores the hyphen-space, the fertile space between two cultures that results in the miscegenation of being a Japanese-Canadian, a Hapa, a person of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian ancestry. While she focus specifically on herself as a Yonsei, descending from the Japanese Diaspora and its Nikkei members that first relocated to Canada, her artwork is open to a more universal interpretation. A BFA graduate from Thompson Rivers University, and recipient of the Helen Pitt award, she has exhibited her work locally and internationally, including venues located in Japan, USA, the Netherlands and Romania. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nargis Dhirani

Nargis Dhirani is a Filipino-Tanzanian interdisciplinary artist from Dubai, U.A.E., currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Studio Art from American University in Dubai and her Yoga Teacher Training certification from Karma Teachers College. Her work addresses concepts that centre around cultural and female identity, self-representation, fear, and comfort. She works in digital collage, soft sculpture, installation, video, painting and photography. Nargis has an interest in kinetic sculpture and installations that are interactive with the public. She has won the Sheikha Manal Young Artist’s Award for People’s Choice in 2012. She is now working on continuing to serving the community to promote creativity and wellness through Yoga and Art. 

Suna Sunkosi Maya

Suna Sunkosi Maya, born 1990, is a Vancouver-based artist who works primarily in oils. Her art focuses on the transcendence of earthly limitations and sources subject matter from dreams and visions. She believes in the power of the inner world to transform the human experience with every breath and expresses this infinite dimension of beauty and archetypes in her work. Suna completed a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2012 and exhibited in the group shows Maiden Mother Crone: The Economy of Women’s Bodies at the Toast Collective and Nu Sodality at Essentia in 2014.

She is the founder of Streets to Jungle Creations, a mural and installation art collective in support of mind, body, and spirit empowerment, sustainable living and social activism.