Exploring Queer Life and South Asian Diaspora at Dunlop Art Gallery, Winter 2023

Sahar Jamili, What The Fuck The World, installation, 2020. Image courtesy the artist and John Skoog/Bizarro, Copenahgen, Denmark

the excess is ritual

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
January 21 – April 4, 2023, Central Library

Guest Curated by Noor Bhangu

Damien Ajavon, Darcie Bernhardt & Carmel Farahbakhsh, Anna Binta Diallo, Sahar Jamili, and Dan Taulapapa McMullin

The exhibition the excess is ritual considers histories of excess from many positions to generate new ideas and relations within queer contemporary art. It features artists and thinkers who revive rituals and aesthetics of queer life, which have become marginalized and silenced through homocolonialism β€” complex historical processes that have dehumanized queer and racialized life. In speaking back to Western ideas of sexuality, order, and progress, the artworks on display comment on the afterlife of racism in the diaspora, imagined ancestral intimacies, and the survivance of non-binary identities through settler colonialism.

the excess is ritual hopes to visualize all that has been lost and all that can be recovered.

Photos (left to right): Noor Bhangu and Damien Ajavon

Opening Reception, Talk & Performance – with Guest Curator Noor Bhangu and Norwegian artist Damien Ajavon
January 21, 2pm CST
In-person, Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library)

Meera Sethi, Sudha Subramanium (Sue) from the Foreign Returned series, acrylic on canvas, 2013.

ritual intimacies
Meera Sethi

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
February 18 – April 26, 2023, Sherwood Village Branch

Guest Curated by Noor Bhangu

The exhibition ritual intimacies signals a world of diasporic relations, threading together visual histories and decolonial desires. Through textile works, paintings, and printed matter, Toronto-based artist Meera Sethi brings to the Prairies visions of historical iconographies and future mutualities, moving through the present and producing radical possibilities.

Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar, whose practice is rooted in relational curatorial aesthetics and practices. Her work involves politics of history, memory and materiality to question dominant histories of representation. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices at the University of Winnipeg. In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Toronto Metropolitan University and York University.

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About Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library

Gallery Hours (CST)
Mon to Thurs, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Fri, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Sat, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 5 pm

Central Library location
2311 – 12th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 3Z5

Sherwood Village location
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina SK S4X 2R1

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
Galleries are wheelchair accessible.


We acknowledge the support of the SK Arts, and funding partners SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, whose contributions help the arts thrive in this province.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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