OPUS hotel presents Farrah Aviva premier photography exhibit The BANGBANG
A continuation of its commitment to support and celebrate local artists and artisans, OPUS hotel is delighted to announce its most current installation The BANGBANG, by emerging local photographer, actor and director Farrah Aviva. Click here for a preview.
Playing off the work of Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and David Bailey, Farrah Aviva’s The BANGBANG is an expression of fashion photography taken from a ground-breaking journalistic perspective. The provocative yet playful collection brings current headlines to the forefront, spurring a push and pull of emotion and testing the boundaries between good and evil to spark conversation surrounding contemporary sociopolitical culture.
“The BANGBANG images create a way to open the door for a new conversation,” says artist, Farrah Aviva. “These images have much more then aesthetic appeal, they are meant to provoke a reaction and create dialogue. Some images are controversial but my goal is not to be a puppet artist and create work that’s safe and pleasing to everyone, I want people to react, to see and to feel something and then to take an intellectual approach to it”.
Much like Aviva herself, OPUS Hotel is no stranger to artistic risk-taking. “OPUS hotel first opened its doors in 2002 when Yaletown was still a sprawling warehouse district,” says Katherine Evans, Brand Director. “It was a bold move, but from the beginning our brand has attracted the artistic and creative community. Our local art program was amplified in 2013 when we conducted a complete guest room renovation and we’re proud to continue to support emerging and established artists.”
In 2013, OPUS adorned its colourful guest rooms with original artworks including Tiko Kerr’s bold watercolours, Taizo Yamamoto’s thought-provoking shopping carts and Mark Mizgala’s controversial water pistols. The art program blossomed further with the remodel of La Pentola, the property’s popular Italian neighbourhood restaurant, showcasing the first of many exterior wall artworks entitled “It’s Love Baby” by local artist Oliver Fletcher. The second display, #LOVEME by Cathy High, celebrated Canada 150 with a tribute to Aboriginal Canadian culture. The most recent, vibrant rendition of #ItsLoveBaby has further reinforced La Pentola’s evolving mural as one of the most Instagram-worthy hot spots in the city.
Vancouver’s quintessential boutique hotel, OPUS recently achieved its sixth consecutive Forbes four-star rating and its accolades also include being named to the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Gold List for top hotels in the world.
The BANGBANG is currently on public display at OPUS hotel until April 30th 2018 as part of the Capture Photography Festival. This coming April 18, OPUS hotel and Farrah Aviva welcome friends and VIP’s, including esteemed art and film industry colleagues, to celebrate this exciting partnership. For more information visit www.vancouver.opushotel.com/opus-blog.