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

Main Gallery

March 15 – April 20, 2019

Curated by: Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Copresented by: 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 @ southasia.art: Noor Bhangu with Misbah Ahmed, Fysal Amirzada, Amrit Brar, Harmeet Rehal

BIOGRAPHIES

Pamila Matharu is visual artist, educator and cultural producer living in Toronto. Her art practice is informed by a mash-up of contemporary world culture that goes beyond limits, boundaries, and borders of all natures. She is a 2nd Generation South-Asian Canadian, born in Birmingham, UK and raised in the bland & beauty of the Toronto suburbs. The artist acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a Toronto based curator and writer. She is the Director/Curator at A Space Gallery. She has curated exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Carlton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, MAI: Montreal arts interculturels, Latitude 53, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery, Contact Photography Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, A Space Gallery, and 16 Beaver. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in Film and Video from York University. Moufawad-Paul has published texts on several artists including Harun Farocki, James Luna, Emily Jacir, Wafaa Bilal, Paul Dennis Miller, Deirdre Logue, Mohammed Mohsen, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Basil AlZeri, Erica Lord, John Halak, Rehab Nazzal, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Akram Zaatari, and Yto Barrada.

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