South Asian Visual Arts Centre Exhibitions 1993-2011
Author: Josh Vettivelu
Date: 2012-06-29 16:57:15
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Metatags: Tamil, Toronto, Indian, Immigrant, Women, Worker, Canada,

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary visual art by South Asian artists. Our mission is to produce innovative programs that critically explore issues and ideas shaping South Asian identities and experiences. We encourage work that is challenging, experimental and engaged in critical discussions on visual forms and processes, and which offer new perspectives on the contemporary world.

SAVAC’s programming is national in scope, but we are actively engaged with regional and international discussions informing the development of contemporary South Asian art. SAVAC plays a vital role in the visual arts sector in Canada by advocating for South Asian artists and culturally diverse issues and practices.

In Sight (1993).
Inaugural Exhibition of Canadian South Asian Women's Art.

Dirty Laundry / Parting Thoughts. (1998)
An exhibition of works by 4 contemporary South Asian-Canadian artists, which addresses themes of memory, loss and parting, in reference to the 50th Anniversary of India and Pakistan's independence/partition. The project aims to investigate within, examine the consequences of "Divide and Rule" and the hidden elements of our human condition.

Technological Revolutions. (1999)
This project explores the process of art making for artists of colour at the end of the 20th Century. Specifically questioning positioning of South Asian artists producing issue-based works, and those incorporating or referencing new technologies in their art making process.

Private Thoughts / Public Moments. (2000)
The exhibition brings together site-specific works by artists from SAVAC that engage and interact with different aspects of the Art Gallery of Ontario''s permanent collection. Through workshops with Sutapa Biswas, the participating artists have produced interventions that explore features of the display of Canadian Historical art at the AGO.

International Lecture Series: Amrit and Rabinda Singh. (2001)
Internationally renowned twin sister artists Amrit and Rabinda Singh present a lively and provocative visual introduction to their work through slides and storytelling- presenting themselves as a united front within a collaborative partnership- dressing the same, exhibiting together and making a point of not putting name labels on their work.

Peace Taxi (2003).
Peace Taxi is an art project that brings cross-cultural artists, taxi drivers and the general public together in response to globalization and the threat to civil liberties around the world. In part, this project examines the reaction of taxi drivers to the events of September 11.

Creative Insecurity: A SAVAC Investigative Exhibition (2004).
Creative insecurity is an investigative exhibition by SAVAC Members which seeks to delve into the sources of and responses to our sense of security. What does it mean to be secure in the world? With the dawn of the 21st century, new technologies and terrorist threats provide fertile ground for creating Creative insecurity.

Tamil Canada in the Media Eye: Protests Under Multiculturalism. (2009)
Several departments from U of T campuses have come together to present a panel of speakers to discuss the media's portrayal of the Tamil-Canadian protests that took place in Toronto. The event brings together a range of experts and voices to discuss how the protests were portrayed by the media, and how these representations tell us something about Canadian multiculturalism. This panel is organized with the understanding that the portrayal of the protects affects all Canadians, not only Tamil-Canadians.

Big Stories, Little India (2007)
Big Stories, Little India is a multidisciplinary art and audio project that is situated in Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar. Initiated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective) and [murmur], this project engages aspects of oral history alongside the process of art making. Through this collaboration, both SAVAC and [murmur] hope to highlight the otherwise absent histories from the Gerrard India Bazaar and to connect people to the stories and places they inhabit.

re-generation- Annual Juried Members' Group Exhibition (2008)
Featuring multidisciplinary works by member artists, re-generation brings together seven innovative ways of thinking and re-contextualizing South Asian identities, cultures and politics in the 21st century.

"Tapestry" at Asian Heritage Month (2010)
SAVAC is collaborating with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board in presenting the film, Tapestry, as part of the school boards' Asian Heritage Month curriculum for May 2010

‎دلِ Ú©Ù‡ سوز ندارد, دلِ نیست (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart) (2010)
Through the process of a cross-cultural collaboration, دلِ که سوز ندارد, دلِ نیست (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart) records the destitution of current conditions in Bamiyan, reflecting on the sites of signification and rupture shaping an incipient modernity in Afghanistan

MONITOR 6 (2010)
Monitor is an experimental short film and video screening program that showcases work by and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. This annual screening program is a unique platform for independent work being produced by artists and filmmakers. Monitor 6 presents poetic, political and humorous short films and videos that explore the performativity of gender while drawing on personal narratives, communal rituals and critiques of mass culture

The Museum of Found Objects (Maharaja and - -) (2011)
Toronto-based artist, Sameer Farooq and his Paris, France-based collaborator, Mirjam Linschooten apply the strict methodologies of a museum – collecting, preparing, interpreting and displaying – to a selection of objects collected from neighbourhoods such as Brampton, Mississauga, Scarborough and Milton. The work challenges a museological portrayal of "culture" by introducing non-precious, surprising, and mundane objects into a place of importance.

Entr'acte will be presented during The Shifting Plane of Performance, a series of performances, symposia, and a discussion forum that examines contemporary developments and directions of performance art, its relationship to social practice and relational aesthetics, and how performance functions beyond North American or European models.

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