Letters of haunting
Through this work, I write labour and care-filled letters to my mother on her silk sarees through hand embroidery.These are letters of love, of frustration, longing, and reaching. I wish to address the perpetual longing in diasporic subjects for the mother, the mother tongue and the mother land. It is a love letter to the three mothers that make you whole. A floating embroidery technique is used so that the sarees may be viewed from both front and back. From the front, the letters appear full and from the back; dotted, empty and knotted up. The presence of the hand in the labor intensive process of hand embroidery implies how we may touch or not touch our mothers and grandmothers. The formal qualities of this work refers to themes of hybridity, double consciousness, fragmentation, longing, intergenerational translations, and knowledge transmissions. The work celebrates and highlights the often invisible and mute histories of migrants which I hope will resonate well with the community that experiences it. This project is for other brown bodies like mine who may have felt lost in their journeys of crossing borders, for Indians living in the diaspora.
Par Nair (she/her) is an Indian born interdisciplinary artist and researcher who lives and makes in the GTA. Her practice which centers oil paintings, embroidery, installation, performative work and creative writing focus on dual identities, hybrid cultures and fragmented realities of migrants. Par has recently acquired her MFA in Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design from OCAD University. Her works have been shown at Mayten’s Gallery (Toronto), The Public Gallery (Toronto) and Propeller Art Gallery. Par is the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2021-22), The Career Launcher Prize (2022) and Propeller Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award (2020). She currently holds the position of sponsored member at Propeller Art Gallery and assists the gallery with social media and marketing tasks.
659 Barton St. E
The ‘Anything is Possible on Barton’ exhibition is a neighbourhood wide art project that was selected for the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program. This project is organized by the Barton Village BIA and funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the City of Hamilton. Thank you to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute for supporting local communities and revitalizing our main streets.
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