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Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada

brightly coloured map of India illuminated by yellow and orange flowers and contrasted against a black background

Works by:

Ashim Ahluwalia, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Atul Dodiya, Gauri Gill, Tanya Goel, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Divya Mehra, Akbar Padamsee, Jagdeep Raina, Raqs Media Collective, Dayanita Singh, Umrao Singh-Sher-Gil, Vivan Sundaram, Thukral + Tagra, Rajesh Vangad

Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada

February 2 – March 23, 2019

Curated by Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy

University of Toronto Art Centre

Vision Exchange presents the work of 20 internationally recognized artists based in India and Canada. The exhibition takes its title from Akbar Padamsee’s “Vision Exchange Workshop” (VIEW), initiated in Delhi and Bombay from 1969 until 1972 to promote interdisciplinary collaboration amongst painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and filmmakers and engage with the international avant-garde.

Three overlapping tenets inform the exhibition: the reframing of historical narratives from non-Western perspectives; the foregrounding of issues of sovereignty, shifting borders and relationships with the land; as well as themes of exile, migration and diasporic realities. These interweaving curatorial interests were not established in advance, but rather a product of rich encounters with the artists and artworks, and the perspectives they share. In the original spirit of VIEW, these perspectives are offered to foster a multifaceted dialogue, international in scope, rooted in histories of place, as these continue to resonate sharply in the present.

Additional Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Exhibition Documentation
Large Format Guide

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Extended exhibition hours from 7pm-12am at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre for the Night of Ideas.

Exhibition Tour with Dr. Deepali Dewan

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Drop In Guided Tours

Tuesdays at 2pm, beginning February 5, 2019
Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery


Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series, curated by Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy.  Presented with the assistance of Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai) and Nature Morte (New Delhi).

Perspectives croisées : de l’Inde au Canada est organisée par l’Art Gallery of Alberta et le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada dans le cadre de la série NGC@AGA, sous le commissariat de Catherine Crowston et Jonathan Shaughnessy. Présentée avec la collaboration des Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai), galeries Mirchandani + Steinruecke (Mumbai) et Nature Morte (New Delhi).

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We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

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