ਸ਼ੀਸ਼ੇ ‘ਚ ਤਰੇੜ | sheeshe ‘ch thareṛ | a crack in the mirror

April 29 to September 3, 2023, Art Gallery

This exhibition is a survey of multi-media work by artist Simranpreet Anand who has been deeply influenced by her experiences as a young Punjabi-Sikh Canadian. The exhibition includes works made in collaboration with ethnomusicologist and scholar Conner Singh VanderBeek.

Anand’s practice, indebted to familial and cultural community, engages materials and concepts drawn from the histories of Punjab and its diasporas. The title of the exhibition, sheeshe ‘ch thareṛ, captures the fissures emerging from the artist’s ongoing encounters with matter and material culture in our globalized world. The show opens with ਬੰਦੇ ਚਸਮ ਦੀਦੰ ਫਨਾਇ |bande chasm deedn fanaai (SGGS 723), a body of works that takes the synthetic, plastic-laden material culture that surrounds contemporary Sikh institutions as its starting point. Parallel to this series are works that consider the fabric of everyday life, attending to its embodied histories and gendered contexts of labour. 

This exhibition was developed by the Reach Gallery Museum where it previously premiered. It is readapted for its PAMA presentation.

Guest curated by Sajdeep Soomal.

 

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A crack in the mirror

Simranpreet Anand, ਊਚ ਨੀਚ ਬਬਕਾਰ ਸੁਬਬਤ ਸੰਲਗਨ ਸਭ ਸੁਖ ਛਤਰ ॥ ਬਬਤਰ ਸਤਰੁ ਨ ਕਛੂ ਜਾਨੈ ਸਬਰ ਜੀਅ ਬਸਤ ॥ uooch neech bikaar sukirat sa(n)lagan sabh sukh chhatr || mitr satr na kachhoo jaanai sarab jeea samat || (detail), 2021, chandoa sahib, rihal, chaur sahib, plastic marigolds, plastic rose petals, white sheet, 9’ diameter x 10’ height.

Rachel Topham Photography