Throwback: Sameer Farooq, Burrard Marina Field House Studio Program, 2015

Sameer Farooq
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.
HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists.
Curated by Swapnaa Tamhane.
July 22, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Opening Reception: July 22, 2017

CAG’s artist in residence at the Burrard Marina Field House from 2015, Canadian artist Sameer Farooq, is participating in a group exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Curated by Swapnaa Tamhane.  As part of Canada’s 150 year celebration, the exhibition features over twenty artists working in a wide variety of mediums. The artworks explore issues of nationality and Canadian identity, querying the inscribed complications and multiplicities of diverse cultural experiences.

The Aga Khan Museum, located in Toronto, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is “to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another.”

Farooq’s 2015 residency at the Field House was collaborative with Dutch artist Mirjam Linschooten. The two artists explored interdisciplinary practices to create participatory projects using installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to examine various forms of collecting, interpreting and displaying objects. Using CAG’s offsite residency space, the artists explored what Farooq termed, “ethnographic currency” which investigated the binaries of who are the subjects of ethnography and who are not. Their collaborative practice is highly site-specific and materially focused.

Throughout 2015, they completed a number of research-oriented trips to Vancouver. Their work resulted in site-specific installations at CAG (White, Steel, Slice, Mask), the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station (Bear Claws Salad Hands) and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) over 2016-17.

Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten, ‘Bear Claws Salad Hands’, 2015. Photography by Trasi Jang

 

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