The Real Fight for Beauty is a digital parody of an exhibition and book Fight for Beauty by Ian Gillespie, Founder of Westbank, a Vancouver-based real estate development company that is not a culture company, but a culture-displacing one. This satirical website is a homage to the real fights for beauty by Vancouverties. It aims to expose [...]
Watch Kay Higgins, visual artist and publisher, talk about why Westbank creates displacement and not beauty right in front of Westbank's Fight for Beauty exhibition.
On December 16, 2017, a coalition of artists, activists, and community organizers hosted an alternative tour and protest of Westbank's #FightForBeauty exhibition.
Postmedia mysteriously pulled down an online article that critiqued Westbank's pre-sales pricing at the JOYCE condo development. Though the article was printed on October 20th, all traces of it disappeared from Postmedia's online properties, including social media. Postmedia claims that there were inaccuracies in the article and even issued a printed apology to Westbank. There are allegations that Westbank pressured Postmedia to [...]
For their exhibition, Westbank wrote an awful and pretentious poem about how they are fighting for beauty. They've slapped it on the stairs on Commercial Dr x Broadway skytrain station. They've created a neon display of the poem.
It was begging to be rewritten, so here's a new version [...]
Marpole in Vancouver used to be one of the largest Musqueam villages called c̓əsnaʔəm. The Province of BC wanted to issue a development permit on an ancestral burial site in c̓əsnaʔəm. In c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, documents the Musqueam First Nation's fight to protect their heritage, culture and the national historic site [...]
The fight for Chinatown is an example of the real fight for beauty in Vancouver. In Paint it Red, director Eva Cohen documents the community's fight against Beedie, a real estate development company's proposal to put up a massive luxury condo tower in the heart of Chinatown. Her documentary is premiering at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) on November 5 [...]