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Samina Mansuri, After Images: Cedibidaee Reconstruction Site 9, Multimedia Sculptural installation with platform and projection (3 minute looped), 2009-2010

Leaning Toward Collapse

Samina Mansuri, Renay Egami

Main Gallery

June 24 – July 30, 2011

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Samina Mansuri’s installation references the memorial constructed at Ground Zero, the former site of the twin towers in New York, while Renay Egami’s The River is a meditation on the nuclear destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. For many of us, depictions of environmental destruction as an effect of conflict have become commonplace, as images of the devastation of nature are often made to serve as allegories for the trauma and loss experienced by human beings in war. Usually, however, these images become naturalized in the creation of memorials that are used to suggest closure by assigning to the past fixed and obvious meanings. Mansuri and Egami each refuses closure by producing evocative images which multiply the complexities of memory, reminding us of the creative potential contained in commemoration.


Samina Mansuri is multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, she received her BFA from Pratt Institute, New York and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. Mansuri has exhibited her work internationally for over eighteen years. Recent exhibitions include Empire of Dreams: Phenomenology of the built environment, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010), Double Consciousness Mattress Factory, USA (2007), Post-Object, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough, Canada (2007), Beyond Borders, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (2005), Darr: 37 Conversations, Centre A Gallery, Vancouver (2004), Pakistan: Another Vision, Brunei Gallery (UK 2000). Her works are represented in public and private collections internationally and her works have been featured and reviewed in catalogs, books, newspapers and journals.

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