Posted on November 10, 2023

An Inside Look at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Anti-White Exhibit

Lindsay Shepherd, True North, November 8, 2023

A social media post about a hateful, anti-white exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery called “Conceptions of White” recently went viral, so naturally, I had to go see it for myself.

After you fork over your $30 admission fee (geez) and take the stairs to the third floor, the first thing to catch your eye is the giant phrase on the wall that reads, “When you’re the problem, we’re the solution.” The text is accompanied by a large headshot of a white male.

Gallery attendees then have the opportunity to interact with an AI program on a set of tablets.

“Stop talking. Never share an uninvited opinion again,” text on the wall reads. When you look into the tablet, a mute symbol is superimposed over your mouth.

“Check privilege. Learn whether you’re special or just lucky,” the text reads. Upon looking into the tablet, a halo that says “Undeserving” appears over your head.

“Get curious. Vocalize your own ignorance.”


I walked by some schizophrenic ramblings and pictures on the wall about how because statues from Ancient Rome and Greece had curly hair, they were probably not white people.

I arrived at a computer station with a webcam.

“Aryan Recognition Tool: How Aryan Are You?” the screen read.

The computer program claimed to measure how your face compared to the facial measurements of “the most infamous leaders of the Third Reich.”


“Could face recognition be used to detect genocidal predators, or even casual racists? Find out whether your face matches any of the 1,900 examples of Aryans we’ve gathered.”


The next major installation was a timeline that spanned about 15 feet long.

“An incomplete timeline of the circumstances that influenced the emergence – and evolution – of White racial identity,” it read.

I learned that as a white Canadian born in the mid-1990s, my identity is defined by slavery, scientific racism, Rudyard Kipling’s 1899 poem “The White Man’s Burden,” colonialism, the Ku Klux Klan, the Third Reich, the “alt-right,” and Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.


The final installation was a short film that purported to be about reflecting the “current state of White identity in America.”

What followed was a 30-minute compilation of internet meme videos spliced with scenes of racial violence, guns, and creepy staring.

On the way out of the screening room, I asked a couple visiting Vancouver from Australia whether they liked the exhibit.

“I was horrified. Horrified, devastated, saddened,” the man said, before praising the exhibit and trailing off about “violence” and “so many wars.”

The man had been successfully programmed into hating his heritage.