To mark the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru epsiode, The Surrey Art Gallery, On Main Gallery, and Kwantlen Polytech University's Fine Arts Department are collaborating to a present a two-day symposium Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile. These institutions are turning to visual artists to guide a conversation on the power of art to critically address cultural stereotypes and experiences of migration.

Winsor Gallery's Dana Claxton and Paul Wong are among the artists participating in this important event. Claxton will present a keynote talk on the legacies of empire and identity on the second day of the symposium. Wong will act as one of the moderators during an afternoon of panels and conversations with artists investigating the use of performance, history, and memory to address art and activism related to racism.

The symposium takes place on May 10 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Centre (City Hall) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and on May 11 at Surrey Art Gallery from 12pm to 5:45pm. This event is free – donations are gratefully received.