CHRISTIAN VISTAN is an artist originally from the peninsula now known as Bataan, Philippines, living and working on Musqueam, Squamish, Tsawwassen and Tsleil-Waututh territories, colonially known as Vancouver and Ladner, British Columbia. In their artworks, they translate experiences of distance and diaspora into hybrid forms that fold together various elements, including memory, place, poetry, and abstraction. They are particularly interested in thinking about and working with water as a material in painting and in personal, familial, and migrant histories. They make paintings and texts, and curate exhibitions, often collaborating with other artists, writers, and curators. In 2020, they started dreams comma delta, a former bedroom turned gallery space for artist projects and exhibitions located inside their family home in Ladner. They run and co-curate dreams with artist Aubin Soo K. They received their BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2017.
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