One of These Things is Not Like The Other
March 15 to April 20
Reception April 10, 6pm
This debut solo exhibit explores the politics of archives, decolonial aesthetics, and self-preservation. Pamila Matharu has created two installations at A Space Gallery that incorporate new media, archived texts, collected artworks, and a bhaithak (Punjabi/Hindi/Urdu for “lounge”).
Using discarded videotapes from archives as a starting point for a critical analysis to examine the role of institutional critique and memory, systemic erasure, and cultural safety, Matharu’s recent projects ask how we survive in archives and how we are erased.
Vergangenheitsbewältigung connects the recently rediscovered video documentation of the AGO’s literary symposium Identity in a Foreign Place with the exhibition Perspectives 93. The adjacent gallery will hold space for Dear Amrita: How can I forget history when I was just starting to remember?. This installation is an homage to the deceased modern Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 - 1941). Sher-Gil career was just beginning to emerge when she died at age 28 of a botched abortion. Together, the projects explore the impact of the absences of non-hegemonic cultural production in the ongoing project of archives.
—Curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Also see Artist Talk: Pamila Matharu on April 13 at A Space, 1pm
Pamila Matharu is an immigrant-settler of South Asian descent, born in Birmingham, UK, based in Tkaronto. She is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural producer who works in installation art, social practice and lens-based strategies.
Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a Toronto based curator and writer. She is the Director/Curator at A Space Gallery. She has curated exhibitions across Canada and published texts on a variety of art practices.
Image: Dalip Singh (Amrita Sher-Gil: A Portrait in Letters & Writings, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2010).