LACUNA - Virtual Exhibition
My work ‘Reburying My Navel String’ is part of this incredible exhibition organized and designed by Maya Mackrandilal and also featuring artworks by Mackrandilal, Andil Gosine, Sarojini Lewis, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, and Seema Shakti. Here is the link to the virtual exhibition space.
Please mark your calendars for an exhibition walkthrough on November 20th at 4pm est. More details on how to attend the walkthrough can be found here.
Exhibition Statement: LACUNA is a multi-disciplinary art project that bridges the past, present, and future, the material world and the digital world, to create a space for community, collaboration, and reflections on the role of identity within contemporary art practices. Built on the open-source interactive VR platform Mozilla Hubs, LACUNA is a rhizomatic art installation that speaks to relationships between family, ancestry, and cultural communities of indenture descended artists. The six artists who make up this initiating version of the project are based in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Suriname, and the Netherlands, tied together by the legacy of South Asian indenture in the Caribbean, and the intersecting forces of European colonialism and capitalism in the Americas that continue to constitute their lived experience. As products of a racially and ethnically intermixed culture, their work is in conversation with global histories or survival and trauma and involves the interrogation of spaces similar to what Dionne Brand described in A Map to the Door of No Return: “Imagining our ancestors stepping through these portals one senses people stepping out into nothing; one senses a surreal space, an inexplicable space… the frame of the doorway is the only space of true existence.” The virtual reality world of LACUNA offers a series of doorways to unknown, inexplicable, liminal spaces - the spaces missing from the fractured narratives handed down to us through language, gesture, body.
Archival Affections - Presentation + Artist Talk
Please join Trinity Square Video and I for a presentation of works by Monique Todd, Yuula Benivolski, Camila Salcedo, Katayoun Jalilipour, and myself from the exhibition Archival Affections, followed by a group conversation moderated by Melina Mehr!
Archival Affections presents the 2021 Themed Commissions, which were produced over a summer residency. This year’s theme invites projects that critically look at one’s relationship to archives; both non-fiction and fictional materials that account for public, private, and cultural memory.
THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT - register here.
Thursday, November 18th, 2021
3:30pm - Short presentation of works
4:00pm - Group conversation moderated by Melina Mehr
Archival Affections' Essay by Julia Huynh
Online Exhibition: Archival Affections [Themed Commission 2021]
Archival Affections [Themed Commission 2021]
August 27 – November 25, 2021
Presented by Trinity Square Video and supported by the EQ Bank
Curated by Karina Iskandarsjah
Archival Affections presents the 2021 Themed Commissions, which were produced over a summer residency. This year’s theme invites projects that critically look at one’s relationship to archives; both non-fiction and fictional materials that account for public, private, and cultural memory. Six artists create new digital work that speculates upon unfinished, historical narratives and buried family histories, and re-imagines the physical and metaphorical traces of lost people and places.
In this online presentation, each digital work grapples with various subjects of personal importance: 19th century Iranian imagery through a queer lens; remembering Black resistance and slavery in Canada; sonic representations of the experience of Venezuelan-Canadian diaspora; disappeared citizens of the USSR; Indo-Caribbean migration; and cataloguing spaces of queer joy and pleasure in London (UK). Taking form as a transmedia, online exhibition, each work convenes a broad range of forms, including: field recording, mapping, oral narratives, 3D imaging, forensic fingerprinting, and ASMR. Archival Affections centres modalities of curiosity, speculation, and fiction to meaningfully resurrect and build upon archival material; reimagining and reclaiming the past and present as acts of survivance and resistance.
Visit www.archivalaffections.com to explore the rich subjects and dynamic presentations of this year’s 2021 Themed Commission! (launching 27th August)
Constellation of Oracles
'Constellation of Oracles' is now live on the Vector Festival 2021: 'Network Dependencies' website. Please be sure to check out the artworks featured in this exhibition curated by Diasporic Futurisms (Adrienne Matheuszik and myself) between July 15 - August 8.
‘Constellation of Oracles’ is a virtual exhibition that features artworks by Alyssa Bistonath, Rah Eleh, Victoria Kamila, and Quentin VerCetty. The program explores digital collage, multi-channel video, and digital animation through multiple futurist lenses. Constellation of Oracles brings together a broad range of influences—from internet and digital culture to sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics—to envision and build alternate realities and worlds that generatively speak to one another through mythologies of the body, space, and culture. Each artwork represents a constellation of possibilities wherein the artist becomes an oracle for collective futures.
Image credit: still from 'Portals' by Alyssa Bistonath
'Constellation of Oracles' by Diasporic Futurisms
Diasporic Futurisms (Adrienne Matheuszik and myself) are curating an online exhibition, titled 'Constellation of Oracles', for the Inter/Access Vector Festival 2021 as part of their Local Host program. Keep an eye out for more details on 'Constellation of Oracles' and be sure to mark your calendars for July 15 - August 8 to see the show.
Themed Commission Residency 2021: Archival Affections
I'm really excited to be a part of such a wonderful group of artists for this year's Themed Commission Residency 2021 at Trinity Square Video. This residency will culminate in a group exhibition taking place in August, 2021. This year’s open call, titled 'Archival Affections' invited project proposals that critically look at one’s relationship to archives; both non-fiction and fictional materials that account for public, private, and cultural memory. More information on all the amazing artists participating in this residency can be found here.
Audio Paper on 'Love Songs' by Thembi Soddell
Uncommon Senses III: The Future of the Senses - Conference Registration Details
On May 7th at 10am, I will presenting some work from my PhD research and most recent MARLAS publication at the 'Uncommon Senses III' conference. For registration information and a detailed outline of the schedule, please visit the 'Uncommon Senses III' portal. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Intersections | Cross-Sections 2021 Conference: Futurities
Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies: Volume 4 - Issue 2
My article 'Materializing Voice: A Diasporic Lineage of Flour, Spice, and Hair' in 'From Indenture to Double Diaspora: Music, Film, and Visual Art of the Indian Caribbean' edited by Christopher Ballengee and Darrell Baksh is available for you to read now. I am beyond thrilled to have my work situated alongside this phenomenal group of writers. Please show your support by reading this MARLAS Issue and sharing widely.
Photo by Clare Rae
The Conclusion of Galvanized Suns
GalvanizedSuns successfully live streamed Orbits 1, 2 and 3 between Oct. 15 – 17. We couldn’t be prouder of our curatorial debut in Canada as Diasporic Futurisms and are eternally grateful to everyone involved.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to Subtle Technologies for mentoring us through this event. We’d also like to express an enormous amount of gratitude to the Canada Council for the Arts for helping to fund this endeavor through the CBC Digital Originals Grant. Diasporic Futurisms would also like to share our unending gratitude to the all of the phenomenal artists featured in this program. You helped make our vision come to life beyond what we could have anticipated for. Thank you to: Aisha and Anda Ali, Ana Luisa Bernardez Notz, Michaela Bridgemohan, Jonathan Chan-Choong, Antonio Coello, Luis Navarro Del Angel, Roya DelSol, Kanika Gordon, Queen Kukoyi, Olivia McGilchrist, Jean-Pierre Marchant, Sarah Mo, Marc Ngui, Kofi Oduro, and Faune Ybarra. Last, but not least, thank you to everyone who tuned in during Galvanized Suns! Your views made putting this event together that much more exciting.
The next few months involve diving back into the grant writing process, through the mentorship of Subtle Technologies, in preparation for next year’s programming initiatives. We wish everyone a safe and healthy new year. Please keep an eye out for more news regarding next year’s events here on our website, Instagram, or via Subtle Technologies fb page.
Galvanized Suns Call for Submissions
Hey y'all! Adrienne Matheuszik and I are curating our first event as the collaborative duo: Diasporic Futurisms. We're looking for art that can be optimised for online purposes for a three day event in October. The program is based around the theme of Caribbean and Latin American futurisms of the diaspora in Canada. So, if you or someone you know has work that would fit this theme please be sure to submit and share! More details can be found on Aikmbo, the fb event page and our website. Submissions are due on August 31, 2020 by 11:59pm. Spread the word and share widely! This is a paid gig!
Adrienne Matheuszik and I have formed a collaborative curatorial endeavour named Diasporic Futurisms. We've been selected to be part of Subtle Technologies' 2020 Curatorial Mentorship Program. Keep an eye out for more details soon to come!
Uncommon Senses III: The Future of the Senses
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Uncommon Senses III conference I was meant to present in has been postponed until May 2021.
Feminist Art Fest: Narrative Healing
Registration is now open for Toronto's Feminist Art Collective's Feminist Art Fest, taking place at OCADU in March 5-7, 2020. There will be an Exhibition, Film Night, Market, and Conference. Visit here for program and tickets.
I'm excited to be participating in this year's Feminist Art Fest in Toronto. I will be speaking on a panel called 'Keeping it Corporeal' and performing 'Cartography' on March 7th. Register now to hear me speak and see me perform.