Ramolen Laruan: still, unfolding


at a distance (series), mixed media collage, 2020, Ramolen Laruan

still, unfolding
Ramolen Laruan

August 14 – 22, 2020
Western University MFA Thesis Exhibition
Hosted by Zalucky Contemporary

About the Exhibition
Moments, no matter how small, leave hits of existence—as long as there is always movement, even from the abandoned, forgotten, and omitted.

Meanings, practices, and memories are re-inscribed in the diaspora, wherein new forms are re-imagined in the transnational exchange between the land of origin and new host country. Laruan’s family immigration to Canada becomes an autobiographical point of departure in examining moments of force in the absences and omissions in collective and personal narratives. Concerned with marginalized methods of research such as family photography, oral histories, popular cultural productions, and domestic work, Laruan examines and offers other possible notions of remembering and collecting, especially by people with broken, forgotten, or lost histories. Incorporating diverse materials such as textile, photography, video installations, drawing, and found objects, still, unfolding digs at scraps in power-inflected spaces of the diaspora to recover traces of unacknowledged past.

By directing attention to overlooked insistence of diasporic people—perhaps in the slight bend of a line, an anomaly in a repeating pattern, the practice of fracture, disruption of sequential flow, perversion of material, incomplete translation, or deliberate forgetting—still, unfolding, considers the endless possibility of arriving.

still, unfolding, Ramolen Laruan’s MFA thesis exhibition, is presented by the Department of Visual Arts at Western University.


still from here, video installation, 2020, Ramolen Laruan

About the Artist
Ramolen Laruan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her artistic practice explores with a variety of medium ranging from textile work, mixed media, painting, print, photography, film, and installation to offer new patterns of thinking about displacement, migration, notions of truth, politics of knowledge, belonging, memory, and remembrance. Laruan received her BFA at Queen’s University in 2018; she is currently an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts, Western University.

Gallery Information
Zalucky Contemporary
3044 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

Friday and Saturday 1-6PM or by appointment

Due to the pandemic and recently announced city by-laws, the gallery will require all visitors to wear masks. The gallery will also limit the number of visitors in the space and adhere to social distancing rules. The washroom will be closed to the public. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we kindly ask you to refrain from visiting the gallery.


Department of Visual Arts
Western University
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre
London, ON, Canada
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