Christian Vistan


Christian Vistan is an artist from the peninsular province Bataan, Philippines, living on xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories colonially known as Vancouver, British Columbia. In their artworks, they translate experiences of distance and diaspora into hybrid forms that fold together elements of memory, place, poetry, and abstraction. They are particularly interested in thinking about and working with water as a material in their painting and in personal, familial, and migrant histories. They make paintings and texts, organize exhibitions and publications, and often collaborate with other artists, writers, curators, and their relatives. Recent projects include a series of projected backdrops produced through a residency with The Capilano Review for their monthly reading series ‘Dear Friends &’ witg Western Front in 2023; ‘Rice Cooker’ (2023), a site specific performance and collaboration with Kiyoshi Whitley at Boombox, Vancouver; and ‘dreams comma delta’ (2020-23), a room and DIY gallery space for artist projects and exhibitions that was located inside their family home in Ladner, BC that they ran and co-curated with Aubin Soonhwan Kwon.

Last updated: June 11, 2024