1. Media Projects

  2. A Lexicon of Gesture
  3. W-E-L-C-O-M-E to PoCo
  4. Plus TheCo, Minus Helen Goodwin
  10. FLOOD
  11. deConstruction
  12. Chromatic Revelry
  13. quad/wrangle
  14. IcarusCar
  15. Ferry
  16. Improv
  17. Legoland
  18. image/Word.not_a_pipe=(Magritte)
  19. Portal: World of Awe
  20. Pothead
  21. Do Not Call it Fixity
  1. Curation

  2. ContainR
  1. Documentaries

  2. Nutcracker Nation
  3. Dancing Las Vegas
  4. Limón: Moving into the Future
  5. American Aloha

    Contact Info

    Evann Siebens

    evann at evannsiebens dot com


    Evann Siebens makes media, performance and photos with movement. Her lens-based practice negotiates the human body as an archival site and the politics of the female gaze. She danced with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballett before studying film production at New York University. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2020), WAAP (Vancouver, 2019), Belkin Gallery (Vancouver 2018), Vancouver Art Gallery Façade Fest (Vancouver 2017). Evann recently screened a film at Lincoln Center in New York City and won the ‘Outstanding Overall Work’ prize at the Light Moves Festival in Limerick, Ireland. Her work from ‘A Performance Affair’ in Brussels, Belgium was featured on the front page of the International New York Times in 2019. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, Canada. Curriculum Vitae

W-E-L-C-O-M-E to PoCo

2019 / Public Art Street Banner Project

A public art project produced for the City of Port Coquitlam’s Street Banner Project. Installed on street banners hung in civic squares and major city throughways, W-E-L-C-O-M-E to PoCo seeks to communicate place and belonging through gestures such as an indigenous hand welcome and by spelling out the word welcome in American Sign Language in addition to languages as diverse as Mandarin, Spanish, Ukranian and a welcome from Kwikwetlem First Nation.


The project consists of a total of fifteen diptychs. Half of the diptychs pictures resident of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds. Capturing the cultural and demographic diversity of the West Coast Canadian City of PoCo, these images speak to the makeup of the community and tell people’s stories. Each person on the street banners gestures Welcome by spelling out one letter of the word in American Sign Language. The word is also written in English and the person’s language of origin. On the other side of the diptych is a close-up shot of the hand gesture together with the letter it represents. The banners fit together like a puzzle, spelling the word W-E-L-C-O-M-E as one travels down the street.

The reverse images take the same individuals but place them into a PoCo landscape as silhouettes, where the figure (along with their gesture) is cut out of the landscape, leaving white or brightly coloured negative space. Featuring highly recognizable PoCo landmarks and sites, these images speak tot eh community’s distinct relationship to the natural world and urban landscapes around them and histories inscribed in place.

Exhibitions + Screenings

Capture Photography Festival
curated by Klara Manhal
Presented by the City of Port Coquitlam’s Street Banner Program
Port Coquitlam, Canada
April 2019

Curated by Klara Manhal

Commissioned by the City of Port Coquitlam’s Street Banner Program

With thanks to Carrie Nimmo, Nikki Hillman and Lesley Perrie


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