West Island News
Outdoor exhibition in Dorval: the art of haiku
The City of Dorval presents the outdoor exhibition “The Art of Haiku” at the Peace Park Arboretum (1401 chemin du Bord-du-Lac–Lakeshore), from April 14 to August 21, 2022.
This exhibition features original haiku from local, regional, and international poets, inspired by a selection of photos by the award-winning Montreal artist, Hua Jin. Inherently rooted in Eastern culture, Jin’s works contemplate the idea of permanence and change, of the passing time.
Her recent artistic practises focus on the spiritual, memorial, and meditative side of nature. The resulting panels portray a variety of settings, elements, colours, and energies rooted in nature, and are a nod to haiga, the traditional Japanese art form that incorporates images with poetry.
The origins of haiku emerged in 13th and 14th-century Japanese literature as concise introductions to longer, multi-versed works. Celebrated by 17th-century masters such as Matsuo Basho, this practice was elevated to a distinct poetic form and established as a favourite in Japanese culture. Contemporary haiku can be more free form, but the philosophy of simplicity and immediacy is still respected.
This exhibition, presented in collaboration with Haiku Canada, Montreal’s Black Tea Haiku Group, and The Friends of The Dorval Library, celebrates Poetry Month in April and Asian Heritage Month in May. We invite you to savour the breathtaking beauty of a moment through The Art of Haiku.
For more details, visit www.city.dorval.qc.ca