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Videos / April 1, 2020

In the Studio with Amanda Boulos

“I rely on painting to archive inherited ancestral knowledge,” says artist Amanda Boulos, and while on a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she found parallels to Beirut

Generously supported by the RBC Foundation

For this video, artist Amanda Boulos invited Canadian Art into her temporary Banff Centre studio. Boulos is perhaps best known for paintings that grow out of her family’s stories of the Lebanese Civil War and the 1948 war in Palestine; she has written that “I rely on painting to archive inherited ancestral knowledge and history while emphasizing that this information is not simple or univocal, but instead endlessly complicated and constantly changing.” In Banff’s cedars and mountains, Boulos perceived parallels to Lebanon and in the tales of Bigfoot and Sasquatch, she felt correspondences with some of the more elusive and Herculean personalities in her family’s past. The result, worked out in the studio, is a remarkable, often surprising blend of botanical research and mythic revisioning, of geographic transposition and personal translation.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor of white settler Canadian (Irish and Ashkenazi) descent. She is also content editor at Canadian Art and has written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications. Sandals welcomes tips, corrections and comments anytime at

Jadda Tsui

Jadda Tsui is an artist based in Calgary who works in video, video performance, live performance and installation.