A little bit about THIS - THIS is a brick-and-mortar gallery located in Vancouver, BC. The gallery is located in Vancouver's Chinatown at 268 Keefer Street inside the Sun Wah Centre. THIS Gallery is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of both commercial and non-commercial art.
THIS Gallery's mandate is to create a vibrant, fun, and essential arts space where artists and curators can realize opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, workshops, and events.
Shannon Pawliw (she/her) is the Artistic Director and founder of THIS Gallery and a visual artist working in conceptual painting and sculptural installation.
Pawliw works in exploratory series that are undertaken with the explicit intent of creating fantasy-based objects built around ideas, practices, and concepts that fascinate her. These concepts are as diverse as time, memory, family, loss, and the microbial world. At its root, all of the work shares a tendency to observe, romanticize, and fantasize about different aspects of our shared humanity, both it’s failings and it’s triumphs.
THIS Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.