Exhibition Dates: November 6-December 1 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov 7, 2013, 6pm to 9pm
Artist's Talk: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 2pm
“Telling Our Stories - Becoming Canadian" is a collaborative project in which ViewPoint Gallery photographers Keith Cossey, Paul Vienneau,Colin De Wolfe and Monika Wright document the lives of four new immigrants to Nova Scotia. They, Yulia Sultan-Shakh from Israel, Yulia Semenova from Russia, Yadollah Sadeghi from Iran and Fadwa al Khozondar from Pakistan, have opened up their lives to share their personal transition to becoming Canadian, revealing the surprises, challenges and their heartfelt appreciation for the country they now call home.
Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services of Nova Scotia (ISIS) is an integral part of the transition for new immigrants and their assistance with this project is appreciated.
"The photographs represent myself, that I am happy and peaceful, that I am in my place here. They also show my interests in Graphic Design, Drawing, Books and Fashion History. My father was the first in our family to immigrate to Canada. He had a dream to live near the ocean. I've been in Canada for a year. I have never lived on the coast, and it feels like all-year round resort or vacation, but with cold water! Life is very peaceful here in Nova Scotia.
I miss my older sister and grandmas, and my friends. I miss the smells and sounds of Russia. Moscow is a crazy city, but I like its vibrancy. I really miss my summer vacation at our countryside. I cannot forget some food, e.g. black bread and salami )).
ISIS has helped me a lot. On my very first job I was provided "English in the Workplace" lessons and it was extremely helpful. I had big troubles with answering the phone, but now I am absolutely confident. To other immigrants. I would say be positive and open and you will not be alone here. There are lots of communities and people are very friendly and helpful."
... Yulia Semenova, Graphic Designer from Moscow, Russia.