By Emily Blatta
VANCOUVER – The first issue of Contrast Collective launches this month and it is a product of working together towards inclusion and more diverse self-expression. The Vancouver-based collective works to cultivate conversation around race, gender, and sexuality, and create a safe space exclusively for non-binary people of colour and women of colour who are left out of traditional spaces.
Molly Randhawa, one of the organizers behind Contrast, says that “after seeing the work that Elastic Collective does with intersessions, and the recent spike of DIY spaces and events put on by other collectives in the city who also happen to be my friends,” the idea for Contrast came naturally. Once the ball got rolling, Contrast then grew to include its contributors and communities of support, which, Randhawa says, is the whole vision.
This month, that vision manifests into an event featuring local artwork, DJ sets, and a performance by local hip-hip artist Prado. Much like a gallery opening, people are free to come and go as they please, and Randhawa encourages everyone to “mingle with artists and non-artists to talk about the process of creating their work, what it means to them and how to be an ally.” She adds that although a lot of folks show online support for collectives like these, it’s seldom felt without their attendance of these events and engagement in real-life.contrast collective, Gam Gallery