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Surrey art exhibition explores pop culture and diversity in the ’80s

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Key takeaways: 

  • Inspiration X was created by video game executive Dilber Mann, a South Asian man raised in Surrey.
  • It’s part of Inspiration X’s display, running till September.

An exhibition at the Museum of Surrey seeks to take guests through one South Asian man’s vast pop culture collection, thereby sharing a view of what it was like to grow up in the 1980s and ’90s.

The Inspiration X installation was designed by Dilber Mann, a video game industry executive who has worked in Vancouver, Shanghai, and Los Angeles but still stays in Surrey — B.C.’s second-largest city by population. 

The exhibit’s name connects to generation X, which Statistics Canada represents as people born between 1965 and 1976, but whose productive experiences were in the 1980s. 

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An exhibition at the Museum of Surrey seeks to take guests through one South Asian man’s vast pop culture collection, thereby sharing a view of what it was like to grow up in the 1980s and ’90s

Appropriately, it has collectibles and memorabilia from the era’s most effective pop culture properties — Star WarsTransformersAlien, and more.

“For generation X, there are a lot of us that were tackling advancements in technology at the time with computers,” Mann told CBC News. “Future jobs were unknown for numerous of us … but here in the Lower Mainland, we’re known as the entertainment hub. “Many of that foundation derives from [those] the late ’80s and early ’90s adventures, and these iconic figures help encourage those people into those careers.”

The display shows Mann’s most adored collectibles, with captions explaining their relationship to Surrey and Mann’s life in the city.

Source – cbc.ca

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