Stories that animate us highlights a diverse selection of works on paper and animations from a wide range of collectively shared oral histories, knowledge systems, and cosmologies, as well as personal memories, imaginings, and dreams. Whether evoking the spirit world, creating fictional tales, or reflecting on historical and current events, the featured artists vividly reflect on such themes as culture, community, memory, death, and identity in order to speak to the past, present, and future.

The stories showcased in this exhibition span from the small to the sweeping, featuring a selection of both Canadian and international voices. Artists include: Joyce Wieland, David Hockney, Robert Davidson, Amanda Strong, Francisco de Goya, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Marina Roy, Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner, Ed Pien, and the Royal Art Lodge. Stories that animate us invites the public to reflect on the importance of storytelling in their lives.

Stories that animate us is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery under the Across the Province program and is curated by Diana Freundl, Senior Curator and Zoë Chan, former Assistant Curator.

Proudly supported by: Camille and David Saltman