ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub | Bayview Village
September 22, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Bayview Village Mall, 2901 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2K 1E6
Participating Artists: Jagdeep Raina, Harjot Ghuman-Mutharu, Angela Aujla, Pamila Matharu, Keerat Kaur, Darshan Daurka, Simranpreet Kaur Anand and Conner Singh VanderBeek
Curated by: Raji Kaur Aujla
ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub | Bayview Village
Phulkari is the ornately embroidered textiles from pre-colonial Punjab. This exhibition will observe the cultural significance of phulkari, textiles, and its associated oral traditions to probe our grandmother’s missing narratives from predominantly male recorded historical texts. A Sikh’s relationship with material is one of a unique interpretation. Sikh codices are worshipped as living representations of the divine Gurus and due to their high spiritual value, textiles from the phulkari to pagh (turban) to the rumala (religious cloth) are treated with utmost dignity. Raji was interested in applying the honest teachings of Sikhi to a curatorial practice by gathering a sangat of artists to exhibit their works to share in matriarchal ideas. This presentation illustrates how textile brings a spiritual dimension to space and in doing so, transmissions occur between matrilineal lineages.
The Curator: Raji Kaur Aujla
Writer, researcher, curator, Raji Kaur Aujla, is the president of Willendorf Cultural Planning and editor-in-chief of Newest Magazine, sister companies that focus on better representation and inclusion of IBPoC voices in Canadian arts and culture. Over the past 15 years, Aujla has emerged as a leading voice for integrating intersectional feminist theory to cultural placemaking.
Aujla studied Visual Culture at the University of Toronto, sits on the boards and committees for Canada’s National Ballet School, CAMH, AGO, Baaz News and writes for the Globe and Mail. She is also a Quadrangle Member and Senior Resident at Massey College and co-founded the aujla + vukets foundation with the aim to mentor and fund IPBoC female-led social impact ideas.
What’s on at chashm-e-bulbul:
The exhibition design follows the natural flow of a Gurudwara. There is a moment of rahao (pause) with Panj Phul (five flowers) by the curator to honour the unseen contributions of farmerettes at the farmers’ protests currently happening in India.
Darshan Daurka’s graphic poster introduces a commentary to the cultural religious practices back home in Punjab that prevents women from performing kirtan in many spaces of worship.
Artist Angela Aujla observes the first wave of Sikh migration to Canada in Kala Pani (black water) which pieces together a narrative of early Sikh immigrant women that has been relegated to the margins of history. Harjot Ghuman Matharu presents Chamba recreates a site-specific Sikh family home to showcase a time of mass immigration and resettlement. Pamila Matharu stuck between an archive and an aesthetic is an experimental video essay that mines lost and forgotten South Asian voices reverberating inside the institution.
Simranpreet Kaur Anand and Conner Singh VanderBeek look inward to Guru Arjun Dev’s declaration that all which humans can see with their eyes will perish in Bande chasm deedn fanaai, (Ang 723). The pieces all draw inspiration from passages in Gurbani that discuss the spiritual emptiness, material wealth, and the transience of the physical body.
Keerat Kaur’s Mother which gives a monumental dimension to the Sikh women, currently aged 50-70, who raised Millennial and Generation Y as immigrant mothers, emigrating from Punjab between 1970-1990, to various destinations of the diaspora.
The exhibition concludes with Madhur’s Phulkari by Jagdeep Raina which explores how the state of Punjab was dramatically altered after India’s violent partition, leading to the disappearance and destruction of many Phulkaris. This piece also symbolizes how the children of the migrating mother’s have taken upon the responsibility to learn heritage art making in Canada.
Details regarding current artworks (include artists, names of artworks)
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Curator Talks on Sikh + Feminist Thought
As a part of chashm-e-bulbul’s approach to inspire safe, inter-sangat (true congregation) dialogue for womxn, we organized 3 roundtables- Sikh Past, Present, and Futures -with Canadian feminists with an aim to speak about female equality in Sikh practice. To further amplify the conversations, they will be hosted on Youtube Live to encourage community-wide accessibility and engagement.
Sangeet Darbar, Saturday, November 6th
A gathering of poetesses singing together in Sangeet (a symphony of words) inside a Darbar, a meeting of minds. Rajas (Kings) would hold their Durbars to hear opinions and news of their people. Our Sangeet Darbar invites women from all backgrounds to be in harmonious relationship with one another under the musical gifts from mother daughter, Raj Ghuman and Harjot Ghuman-Matharu.
Listen. Learn. Act. Bayview Village
See the latest issue of “Listen. Learn. Act.” to learn more about the chashm-e-bulbul exhibition. Use this educational toolkit to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of the artworks on view at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at Bayview Village. Learn more about Listen. Learn. Act Zine
Interactive Virtual Tour
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The exhibition is located at Bayview Village Mall, 2901 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2K 1E6 located off Highway 401 Bayview Exit or Bayview TTC Subway Station.
This exhibition series has free parking and is accessible.
Chashm-e-bulbul at Bayview Village is open Tuesdays – Fridays from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
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