Friday, November 27, 2009

Jeff Thomas in "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue" presented by SAVAC and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Jeff Thomas is in the group exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”, curated by Srimoyee Mitra and presented by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Art Centre) and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

The exhibition runs from November 29th, 2009 until January 22nd, 2010.
The opening reception is November 29th, 2009, from 1pm to 4pm

With eight artists across Canada, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, located next to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and home to a large South Asian community, is the perfect backdrop for the exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”.

South Asians and the First Peoples’ communities epitomize the complexities of co-existence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. While both communities are referred to as “Indians” their experiences and histories of racial and socio-economic marginalization differ widely.

Roy Caussy, Bonnie Devine, Ali Kazimi, Afshin Matlabi, Yudi Sewraj, Greg Staats, Ehren Bear Witness Thomas and Jeff Thomas reckon with the experience of loss and displacement and reflect on the ideology of reconciliation. The art works in the exhibition articulate the importance of engaging in dialogues with one another to better understand the multiple perspectives and histories that make up the contemporary Canadian society.

Jeff Thomas, artist and curator speaks about his landmark collaboration with Ali Kazimi on the film Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas, which is featured in the exhibition: Since Ali and I first met in 1984 and began our documentary road trip, the stimulant of identity politics has continued to evolve and some twenty five years later it is good to see that the film resonates with the public and new exhibition projects like "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue".

Please join them on November 29th, 2009 at 12 pm The Art Bus to Brantford departs from 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, will feature an intimate tête-à-tête with Ali Kazimi and Jeff Thomas as they discuss their landmark collaboration in the film “Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas” featured in the exhibition. The bus will return to Toronto at 5pm.
1pm-4pm Opening Reception and Artist Talks at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

For more information please go to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery website.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery
20 Ava Road
Brantford, ON
T: 519.756.5932

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