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Urban Myths & Modern Fables

Work by Hamra Abbas, Khadim Ali, Henna Nadeem, Hitesh Natalwala, Tazeen Qayyum, Nusra Latif Qureshi & Naeem Rana, Sabeen Raja, Amin Rehman, Sangeeta Sandrasegar and Alia ToorCurated by Haema Sivanesan

Co-presented with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

Urban Myths & Modern Fables is an exhibition of new work by contemporary artists of Indian and Pakistani background, working in Canada and the international diaspora.Drawing on the notion of myth, a perpetuating narrative featuring heroic or supernatural characters and events, or the idea of a fable, an aphoristic or instructive story, these artists employ fictive strategies to comment on the contemporary world. Working with conceptual techniques of visual puns, quotation and metaphor the works in this exhibition re-invent and challenge master narratives informing perceptions of culture. The work of these artists speaks of culture as operating between the past and the present, the real and the imagined, as an ongoing process of myth-making and story-telling.The artists included in this exhibition work in a variety of media and techniques – in painting, collage, paper cutouts, digital printmaking and computer generated animation. Their works reference the visual traditions of the sub-continent through the use of distinctive, culturally specific images and techniques drawn from traditional or historical sources. But these artists re-fashion this imagery in order to undertake a critical exploration of the language of contemporary art.

Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Manulife Financial and Gordon Darling Foundation.


Opening Reception Wednesday, March 19, 5 - 9 pm

Curator and Artists’ Talk with Haema Sivanesan, Tazeen Qayyum and Amin Rehman 7 pm

Free shuttle bus to DMG departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 6 pm

Miniature Painting Lecture & Demonstration with Tazeen Qayyum Wednesday, March 26, 12 - 4 pm

Discussion with Haema Sivanesan and Anna Sloan Wednesday, April 2, 7 pm

Free shuttle bus to DMG departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 6 pm

Contemporary Art Bus Tour Sunday, April 13, 12 - 5 pm

Free bus departs OCAD (100 McCaul St.) at 12 noon to DMG, Koffler Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Blackwood Gallery.

To reserve a seat, contact AGYU at 416.736.5169.

Catalogue Launch & SAVAC Salon Sunday, May 4, 2 - 5 pm

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