Greg Moore Youth Studio Residency

Artist Manuel Strain at the Greg Moore Youth Centre


Location: 11925 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge



Manuel Strain is an interdisciplinary artist of Musqueam, Simpcw and Syilx descent. Strain works with painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and video installations and seeks to use lived experiences to inspire social and political change in Canada and deconstruct colonialism. Strain was raised in the suburban neighbourhood of Maple Ridge with little knowledge of what it meant to be a person of First Nations descent. This upbringing lead them to examine the construction of First Nations identities – in particular the internal conflicts that arise from imposed identity constructs. Their practice confronts the legacies of colonization that have been left upon the identities of the First Nations people of Canada. 

Strain plans to use the Artist in Residency Work Studio opportunity to celebrate and recognize the Indigenous lands, knowledge and language, and its relationship and interconnectedness to the people of Maple Ridge, non-Indigenous and Indigenous alike. In addition, their vision for this residency is to create a body of work that is centered on a unique intersection of Indigenous arts, language and knowledge, diversity and environmental issues while simultaneously touching upon themes of storytelling and heritage.

Public Art

Our Protective Barrier & Connective Tissue

Created in collaboration with local Indigenous, Black and Afro-Indigenous youth and families situated on the sacred and ancestral lands of the Katzie/Kwantlen peoples. The work utilizes Coast Salish design elements such as the circle and crescent to celebrate our protective barriers and connective tissue (our skin and hair). It resulted in a temporary artwork on the fence for the Greg Moore Youth Centre in 2021.

This artwork will soon include an audio component where Manuel Axel Strain has candid conversations with collaborators, reflecting upon their time living in these lands.