Above: video still from Nalini Malani, In Search of Vanished Blood, 2012, single-channel video. © Nalini Malani. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong.
walking across, talking through presents the work of artists who examine the personal narratives and relationships to both land and nation that are inextricably tied to the act of moving from one place to another. These stories, which can be traumatic or triumphant, ubiquitous and yet often not shared, allow us to find common ground, and reach across and through histories and politics.
Dana Claxton was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota Nation. Claxton is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in film, video, and photography. Her work mixes Lakota tradition with western influences to challenge perceived expectations of her heritage. She has exhibited her work in prominent galleries across North America and is held in public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank. Claxton's work has been screened internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center, Sundance Festival and Microwave in Hong Kong. Claxton currently resides in Vancouver, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance, and since 2010 she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in her practice. Myers has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.
Nalini Malani, widely considered the pioneer of video art in India, was born in 1946 in Karachi. Malani explores drawing, painting, and the extension of those forms into projected animation, video, and film. Drawn from history, culture, and her direct experience as a refugee of the Partition of India and the legacy of colonialism and de-colonization, Malani's work explores violence, the feminine, and the politics of national identity. Malani's work is represented in numerous public collections including the Asia Society Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai, India; National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi, India; British Museum, England; and Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands. Malani has had recent solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts (2016); Kiran Nader Museum of Art, India (2014); and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia (2012). In 2017, the Centre Pompidou, France, will present a retrospective of her work, and the Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands will present a solo. Malani currently lives and works in India and Europe.
Sumaira Tazeen is an Oakville-based visual artist, educator and curator from Hyderabad, Pakistan. She received her BFA in Miniature Painting and Sculpture from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1996. Since then, her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across South Asia, the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Tazeen is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Haji Muhammud Sharif Award for Miniature Painting (1996), the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship (2004), the Department for International Development Scholarship Award (2003-2004) and Ontario Arts Council's grant for Emerging Artists (2014, 2016). She was an artist in residence at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (2009), and her work was included in two recent exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Mississauga - The Gaze (2012), and 011+91 | 011+92 (2013). Her work is part of international public and private art collections.
Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 - 9 pm
Curator's Tour: Saturday, September 16, 1 PM