Pamila Matharu, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other, 2019 Images left to right: Lakshmi Gill, Amrita Sher-Gil, Pamila Matharu

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Pamila Matharu, Sister Co-Resister
Exhibition runs March 15 2019 - April 20 2019
Opening: March 15 2019: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Curated by: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Copresented by: A Space Gallery, Images Festival
With accompanying text by Sajdeep Soomal Artist and Curator Talk: Saturday, April 13th, 1:00pm

One of These Things is Not Like the Other explores the politics of archives, decolonial aesthetics, and self-preservation. Pamila Matharu has created two installations that incorporate new media, archived texts, and a site-specific installation - a collaborative shraddhanjali (Panjabi/Urdu/Hindi word for homage) and baithak (Panjabi/Urdu/Hindi word for lounge). 

Using discarded videotapes from the archives as a starting point for a critical analysis to examine the role of institutional critique, institutional memory, systemic erasure, and cultural safety, Matharu works through these two projects to ask how do we survive in archives and how are we erased. Simultaneously, they explore the impact of the absences of non-hegemonic cultural production in the ongoing project of archives.

Keywords: institutional critique / erasure / memory, decolonial aesthetics, counter-response / narrative / archive, difference, otherness, inclusionism exhibition-as-medium 

Returning the Gaze salon series organized by Sister Co-Resister

Returning the Gaze Salon Series draws on honouring ancestral wisdom to queer ‘care’ forward in the name of feminist cultural production, radical hospitality as an act of returning the gaze. As an intentional act of care, space-making and redistribution, Sister Co-Resister hosts a roster of artists, activists and thinkers to take up space in the Dear Amrita baithak - meditating on coexistence and co-resistance with a weekly gathering space to connect, investigate, unlearn, and recharge through relational dialogue, conversations and tea:

March 23, 3-5pm  Queering Tkaranto: Beyond Performative Allyship Natalie King, Fallon Simard, and Solskin Brask

March 30, 3-5pm  Indians from All Directions: Anupa Mistry 

April 6, 12-3pm  An invitational response by Project Chroma: Archiving BIPOC Artists in Canada: April Aliermo

April 10, 7-9pm  Can We Talk About The Kardashians and Khalistan? Rachna Raj Kaur

April 13, 3-5pm  who’s home on native land? South Asians and their role as non-Indigenous treaty partners Nishant Upadhyay with Binish Ahmed, Sabina Chatterjee, Rinchen Dolma & Mita Hans

April 20, 3-5pm  An afternoon with @ Noor Bhangu with Misbah Ahmed, Fysal Amirzada, Amrit Brar, Harmeet Rehal

Pamila Matharu (Canadian, 1973-) is an immigrant-settler of South Asian descent, born in Birmingham, England, based in Tkaronto / Toronto. Pamila is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural producer who explores counter-hegemony and feminist strategies through installation art, social practice and lens-based strategies. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Visual Arts and Fine Arts Education from York University, and has been grant recipient from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Art Councils, awarded the Marion McMahon Award (2003 Images Festival), Best Up and Coming Toronto Film/Video Maker (2003 Inside Out Festival), and Untitled Art Awards' Jury's Choice Awards (2004) for Toronto Alternative Art Fair International (2004-2006). Recently she's participated in group exhibits with the collective formerly known as Bonerkill and Sister Co-Resister at the Art Gallery of York University, Gallery 44, Art Gallery of Ontario, Xpace Cultural Centre, Younger Than Beyonce Gallery and the Big on Bloor Festival. One of These Things Is Not Like The Other at A Space Gallery is her first solo exhibition.
Sister Co-Resister's Dear Amrita collaborative salon baithak includes works by Misbah Ahmed, Justin Aranha, Amrit Brar, Bonerkill, Yan Wen Chang, Emelie Chhangur, Heidi Cho, Annanda DeSilva, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Jatinder Singh Durhailay, Marilyn Fernandes, Amandeep Singh Gill, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Ayqa Khan, Zahra Komeylian, Ness Lee, Sab Meynert, Allyson Mitchell, Zinnia Naqvi, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Jaclyn Quaresma, Andrew Reyes, Zanette Singh, SAD ART STORE, Annie Wong and Curtia Wright.


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