Thu, Jun 13, 2019 07:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends and $12 students and seniors
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Join us for an empowering look at an everyday act: getting dressed. In the finale to this season’s new Changemakers Talk Series, contemporary Canadian artist Meera Sethi discusses why she makes art about clothes, and how garments are a powerful means of understanding the bodies they cover, celebrate, and expose.
Sethi’s art encompasses a range of mediums, but in this unconventional artist’s talk she discusses not so much what she makes, but why she makes it. With the intention of posing questions about the relationships between migration, diaspora, hybridity, and belonging, Sethi creates art that explores contemporary histories on the edge of representation, especially queer and “post”-colonial moments in South-Asian Canadian communities. Bringing together politics, culture, and spirit, this talk will show you how what you wear can become a precious resource for positive change – and will leave you thinking differently about the shirt on your back.
Our Changemakers Talk Series delves into the critical conversations of our times, and this season showcases four exceptional women forging new paths in art and activism around the world.
Meera Sethi’s work is in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Wedge Collection (one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections focusing on African diasporic culture), and has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, among other venues. Recent work includes Upping the Aunty, a multidimensional project comprised of street fashion photography, a colouring book for adults, and a series of paintings that place the figure of the “Aunty” at the centre of fashionableness; and #Unstitched, an ongoing, multi-year project investigating the possibilities and tensions of creating community using a single garment – a sari – across multiple diasporic sites. Sethi’s work has been featured by many media outlets, including CNN, MTV, NBC, NPR, VICE, and VOGUE India, and she holds a BFA
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