Cool New Exhibits Opening at PAMA


Serpents. Bindis. Headphones.

An unconventional trio, perhaps, but they’re part of an exciting new multi-media exhibition - led by Brampton-based singer, storyteller, and writer Sharada Eswar - being featured at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA).

Eswar, Sonja Rainey, and Rup Sidhu are debuting Blue God and the Serpents in Ontario during Culture Days and Doors Open Brampton at PAMA this weekend.

We’re telling a few different stories,” said Sidhu.

He’s a Vancouver-based artist who spent a few childhood years in B-Dot.

J section,” he assures me.

(GTA street cred granted).

Lots of layers are involved — the exhibition overlaps film, shadow puppetry, music, live performance, and projection art.

Figuratively speaking, the project addresses imbalance, untold truths and myths.

I think presently our society is very detached from myth,” said Sidhu, adding we’ve become very linear.

I don’t think it’s serving us.”

Myth brings enchantment, says Sidhu — and without it, “how do we care for our world?”

The project tells the story of the 10 incarnations of Vishnu.

Visitors are invited to check out the opening on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. (there’s an opening performance from 3 p.m. to  4 p.m. where you can meet the artists).

The exhibition runs until Jan. 28, 2018.

While you’re at PAMA, you can check out another project, 150 Muslim Contributions to Canada.

We’ve put our own spin on Canada’s 150th,” said MuslimFest exhibit program manager Maduba Ahmad.

Highlighting members and groups from the Muslim community and their impact on Canada, the goal is “creating some positive conversation,” said Ahmad.

This exhibition was launched at MuslimFest in Mississauga over the summer and features work by at least 40 contributors, including short film, textiles, spoken word, and photography.

Aquil Virani of Montreal is one of them.

His collaborative live painting was borne from the Quebec City terrorist attack at a mosque last January.

Members of the public were asked to write messages as he painted at a subway station.

Messages include “long live humanity and diversity,” and “all we need is love.”

His work is on display at the entrance to the exhibit.

"At PAMA we are striving to create safe and inclusive spaces to share in the stories of our diverse community,” said PAMA art gallery curator Tom Smart.

We invite you to explore, create and connect with arts and culture and learn about one another."

Culture Days at PAMA run on Saturday, Sept. 30 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 1 (1 p.m. until 5 p.m.)

Doors Open Brampton runs on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Click here for more information on the exhibits.

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