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Sarindar Dhaliwal: Record Keeping
14 Jan 2006 – 4 Mar 2006
Sarindar Dhaliwal Indian Billboard 2000, mixed media on paper 50" x 60" Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank
An OVA & Agnes Etherington Arts Centre Touring Exhibition
Born in the Punjab and raised in England, Sarindar Dhaliwal now lives in Toronto. In Record Keeping, a jewel-hued archive of paintings and installations embedded with journal entries, folk tales, gossip and news, the artist draws upon a personal history of movement from her birthplace in India, to Britain and then to Canada. Dhaliwal’s art highlights the ways in which words, and the finely-tuned codes of dress and custom, shape experience and relationships with others.
With Record Keeping, MSVU Art Gallery extends its engagement with diasporic aesthetics to the South Asian Diaspora. The exhibition catalogue with texts by Jan Allen, Sunil Gupta, and Richard Fung, further illuminates Dhaliwal’s treatment of the mechanisms through which ethnically marked individuals preserve and transform their identities.
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