In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Website and Publication Launch

On Main Gallery is pleased to co-present

 

In the Wake of the Komagata Maru:
Transpacific Migration, Race & Contemporary Art Book
and Disfiguring Identity Website launch

 

in conjunction with:
“Mapping Punjab in the Imagination” Public talk with Dr. Anne Murphy

 

March 21, 3 – 5PM
Surrey Art Gallery
13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC

 

Evan Lee, Migrant Ship Re-creation Project, 2009–present, studies

Evan Lee, Migrant Ship Re-creation Project, 2009–present, studies

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode Surrey Art Gallery, On Main Gallery, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Arts Department collaborated to present a two-day symposium Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile. These institutions turned to visual artists to guide a conversation on the power of art to critically address cultural stereotypes and experiences of migration. DisfiguringIdentity.com features biographies, videos, and documentation from this multi-day exhibition and symposium.

 

Ali Kazimi, Closing Remarks, photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Ali Kazimi, Closing Remarks, photo by Brian Giebelhaus

 

The publication In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race & Contemporary Art brings together the art and artists featured in the Surrey Art Gallery’s exhibition Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru that was presented April 12 to June 15, 2014. The exhibition featured the artwork of Roy Arden, Avantika Bawa, Ali Kazimi, Evan Lee, Ken Lum, Mass Arrival (Farrah-Marie Miranda, Graciela Flores, Tings Chak, Vino Shanmuganathan, Nadia Saad), Raghavendra Rao, Haris Sheikh, Jarnail Singh, and Paul Wong. ISBN: 978-1-926573-24-3

 

The publication also features essays related to the proceedings of the symposium Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile that was presented May 10 and 11, 2014. This symposium of talks, screenings, and conversations with artists and curators investigating the use of performance, history, and memory to address art and activism related to racism was co-produced with the Surrey Art Gallery and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Art Department. Contributors to the symposium were Avantika Bawa, Sammy Chien, Dana Claxton, Liane Davison, Neelamjit Dhillon, Naveen Girn, Ayesha Hameed, Ali Kazimi, Richard Fung, John Greyson, Heather Keung, Evan Lee, Karin Lee, Farrah-Marie Miranda, Divya Mehra, Cindy Mochizuki, Summer Pervez, Tyler Russell, Vivek Shraya, Jordan Strom, Paul Wong, Kira Wu, Indu Vashist.

 

Avantika Bawa, At Owners Risk, 2012, Suyama Space, Seattle. Image courtesy the artist; photo by Mark Woods

Avantika Bawa, At Owners Risk, 2012, Suyama Space, Seattle. Image courtesy the artist; photo by Mark Woods

 

The Disfiguring Identity website gathers together the symposium documentation, and will be launched along with the book. The exhibition and symposium were presented in partnership with Komagata Maru 1914-2014: Generations, Geographies and Echoes, a Metro Vancouver-wide group of organizations that produced cultural programming throughout 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode: Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS), Khalsa Diwan Society (Ross Street Temple), Museum of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University Library, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Museum, Surrey City Centre Library, and Vancouver Maritime Museum.

 

“Mapping Punjab in the Imagination” Public talk with Dr. Anne Murphy

 

Renowned Indian graphic artist Orijit Sen has installed an incredible mural, titled From Punjab, with Love, in the lobby of the Surrey Arts Centre. With exorbitant detail, it depicts every-day life in the Punjab region, highlighting festivals, marriage ceremonies, harvests, and more. Anne Murphy, Associate Professor, Asian Studies UBC, will give a free, half-hour long public talk entitled “Mapping Punjab in the Imagination,” discussing Sen’s awe-inspiring mural and its relation to contemporary perceptions and representations of the Punjab. This exhibition is co-produced with Indian Summer Arts Society.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Vancouver Foundation, Canada Council Equity Office, BC Gaming Multiculturalism, and BC Arts Council Co-op Placement.

 

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