What: Exhibit of photos taken by recent immigrants giving a pictorial explanation of their integration experience in Kelowna
Who: Hosted by UBC Okanagan Assoc. Prof. Shirley Chau
When: February 26 to March 5 (open reception on February 26 at 6 p.m.)
Where: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna
The photo exhibit presents photographs taken by new Canadians who immigrated to Canada from various countries to Kelowna. As part of a three-year study designed to build community and knowledge to understand immigrants’ experiences of their health and wellbeing in relation to their immigration and settlement, the photographers took pictures that represent various themes related to health and wellbeing.
The pictures signify their perspectives through a variety of themes including safety and security, social support, professional identity, cultural changes, and identity. The photographers created the exhibit to tell their stories as a collective while maintaining individual points of view and experiences.
This free event takes place at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from February 26 to March 5, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26. Chau teaches in UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work and this exhibit is a collaborative research effort, funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Similar information and photos have been collected in Red Deer, Alberta and Brandon, Manitoba.