Methodical Mergers: A SAVAC Juried Members’ Exhibition
The South Asian Visual Arts Centre presents:
Methodical Mergers: A Juried Members’ Exhibition
July 11th - July 22nd
Huma Durrani | Smriti Mehra | Tharmila Rajasingam | Sabina Zeba Haque | Asma Sultana
Featuring a durational performance by Tharmila Rajasingam and artists talks by Asma Sultana & Huma Durrani.
The narratives in this year’s exhibition explore a negotiation of the contemporary growth of South Asian economic and cultural capital on a global scale. They highlight political, social, historical and financial exchanges through creative and methodical art processes.
Sabina Zeba Haque’s War Game Series explores the cultural divide experienced by the artist, through the use of Indo-Persian miniature painting, aerial photography of topographic maps of Northern Pakistan, and pop art produced in North America.
Asma Sultana’s mixed media work My Baby is Growing Outside of my Body uses her body to create markers for an ever-changing identity. Sultana’s finger-painted scrolls, and a quilt made from her own hair speak to the inseparable nature of her physical self from her history.
Retracing geometric patterns ingrained in memory, Huma Durrani’s work Mughal Jalee Series employs Mughal architecture, and translates it onto brightly coloured Japanese paper.
Smriti Mehra brings us PushpaPatha: The Flower Trail, a video from her native city of Bangalore tracing the anonymous task force behind the flower industry, from the fields, to the wholesale market and then to a graveyard.
Tharmilla Rajasingam’s durational performance, One After the Other after Another lends itself to the exploration of tradition and ritual. The remnants from the performance are left behind in the gallery and are repurposed as sculptural objects, allowing the viewers to recreate and re-interpret the performance for themselves.