Altered is a new grunt gallery project by Vancouver based artists Jan Wade and Nhan Nguyen focusing on altar pieces or shrines, which both artists have explored extensively within their work over the past two decades. This project, comprised of shrines installed at the grunt gallery and corresponding video screenings at the Mountain View Cemetery's new Celebration Hall, looks at cultural histories around memorial and how we remember.
Wade's work deploys the material and symbols of the everyday to explore issues of post-colonial identity, ethnicity and spirituality. On the other hand, Nhan works across media finding many of his inspiration in Vietnamese stories and traditions anchored particularly , in personal narratives related to him though his mother and her friends.