221A Welcomes Rachelle Tjahyana & Simon Grefiel

July 3, 2019

221A is pleased to welcome Rachelle Tjahyana and Simon Grefiel as its Summer Interns. Tjahyana and Grefiel join the Society through the support of the Government of Canada. The Summer Interns will support a broad range of 221A's programs and services.


Rachelle Tjahyana is a Summer Intern at 221A. She is currently completing her dual BA and BFA at Simon Fraser University in English and Visual Arts. Tjahyana is a writer and interdisciplinary artist whose work has exhibited locally in Canada at the Audain Gallery, Stanley Park Nature House, and Pause Pavillion. From 2017-2018 she collaborated with LandMarks and The Indian Summer Festival to create public art installations. She has also contributed to The Tartan, The Peak SFU Newspaper, and co produced In Tune, Unbound with Decoy Magazine. Tjahyana was a finalist for the LAUNCH Festival 2018, recipient of the Volunteers of the Burnaby Art Gallery Award in Visual Arts, Tanabe/Thorne Annual Award in Visual Arts, and nominated for the Lind Prize 2019 (Long-list). She still resides as an uninvited guest on unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ land.


Simon Grefiel is a Summer Intern for 2019. Grefiel currently helps 221A water plants at the communal garden in Semi-Public. He curated twice the length as it is in width at the City Centre Library, Surrey, and hosted a picnic that thought-initiated conversations on climate, dreams, architecture, transit, land, and biblical narratives. Grefiel performed a reading at Pa-pag-page publication launch at Richmond Art Gallery and recently, acquired a new companion, a Chocolate Chip Starfish named “Dr. Manhattan”, who has been a part of a recent group exhibition at Ground Floor Art Centre. He is currently working to finish his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University. Grefiel born and raised in Tacloban City, Philippines and is currently living on the region south of the Fraser river, on unceded traditional and ancestral lands of SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), qʷa:nʎan (Kwantlen), and sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen) First Nations.