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Collecting Personal Archives – Opening Celebrations

Fri August 25, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Part of the Community Arts Space: Art is Change


Join us for the exhibition opening of Collecting Personal Archives, a Community Arts Space project by soJin Chun in collaboration with The Truth and Dare Project.

About Collecting Personal Archives

In partnership with Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program and The Truth & Dare Project, local artist soJin Chun worked with a group of young Muslim women from Toronto to present a multi-media exhibition that brings their unique visions to life. These works were developed and produced as part of a two month workshop series held at The 519.

Chun worked with the group of Muslim women using a more personal and contemporary model of the archives, expanding its meaning to include personal photo albums, images shot by participants, as well as objects collected by the participants that are meaningful in their lives.

The workshop series will occur in April and May, enabled the participants to engage within the structure of a formal art gallery to present their visions. During the exhibition period, the space will be activated to create dialogue regarding identity, politics, belonging, and displacement from their unique perspectives as contemporary Muslim women.

Collecting Personal Archives features the following artists from The Truth & Dare Project: Zahra Agjee, Samaa Ahmed, Ifrah Akram, Nasim Asgari, Habiba El-Sayed, Manaal N. Farooqi, Amina Ibrahim, Zahra Komeylian, Rola Kuidir, Lana Kuidir, Meral Pasha, and Aniqa Tabassum Rahman.

About the Community Arts Space: Art is Change

The Gardiner Museum’s unique history and identity is rooted in the city,  but its future is increasingly shaped by those beyond the core cultural corridor. As space increasingly becomes a premium downtown, the Gardiner has collaborated with six cultural and community partners to consider how institutional outreach can be re-shaped by local artists, curators, and architects. Looking to the rapid high-rise developments happening within the Museum’s own Yorkville neighbourhood, the projects in Art is Change consider how the city’s unique and varied local histories of art and social activism can be re-mapped for the future. Learn more

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