B.C. Binning, House for Mr. & Mrs. Roy Keay, 1947, blueprint. Collection of the West Vancouver Art Museum. Gift of John Keay.
B.C. Binning, House for Mr. & Mrs. Roy Keay, 1947, blueprint. Collection of the West Vancouver Art Museum. Gift of John Keay.

Who's Your Daddy?: Inherited Topographies and Other Familiar Accumulations

Guest curated by Maya Rodrigo-Abdi
MA Candidate, Critical and Curatorial Studies
University of British Columbia


This exhibition brings together genealogical and ecological materials that have been passed down in our community, as a means to trace questions and concerns over shared spatial orientations. Who’s Your Daddy? examines assumed origin points and related lineages that continue to influence current interpretations of local landscapes. This site-specific collaboration with the West Vancouver Art Museum brings together earthly possessions found in the Historical Objects Collection and Fine Art Collection, with the artwork of two emerging artists raised in North and West Vancouver: Kiana Shahnia and Roselynn Sadaghiani. The exhibition will engage with topics surrounding archival environments, crossed borders, extracted resources, mother country manifestations, and additional leftovers from home. One of the primary curatorial objectives for this project is to increase awareness about the importance of records and artworks situated in West Vancouver’s municipal archives, as well as engaging with the relevance that these collections have to contemporary artistic discourse. By sharing this space with artists who have grown up and remain connected to the North Shore, this exhibit aims to bridge gaps between and increase access to the diverse histories found here.


The year 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the West Vancouver Art Museum, formerly the West Vancouver Museum. The featured exhibitions this year will present an important opportunity to reflect on the institution’s past and facilitate dialogues for the future. 

Art Talks

Maya Rodrigo-Abdi in conversation with artists, Kiana Shahnia and Roselynn Sadghiani, presented in partnership with the West Vancouver Memorial Library. 


With support from the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. 


Decorative Image


Decorative image


Events and guided tours

View the events page for information on curatorial tours.