Collected Resonance brings together the work of three prominent Canadian artists. Shelly Bahl, Sarindar Dhaliwal and Farheen HaQ have created installations exploring their South Asian traditions and the mythologies and ideologies of their Punjabi, Sikh and Muslim cultures, with an emphasis on cross-cultural memories and establishing identities in Canada. Curated by Nicole Stanbridge, the exhibition of sculpture, video and installation works seeks to straddle Canadian, British and Indian traditions and immerse the viewer in personal narratives.
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist from Benares, India who earned her MA from New York University in 1995. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/installation, photography and video has been shown internationally for 16 years and widely reviewed. Bahl is a founding artist member of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network in Toronto. The Peacock Wallpaper installation explores the historical phenomenon of female hysteria.
Toronto-based multimedia artist, writer and teacher Sarindar Dhaliwal was born in the Punjab and grew up in London. She received an MA from York University in 2003. Dhaliwal has shown extensively in Canada over the past 20 years, and served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Arts Council and Fuse magazine. Her narrative, often brightly coloured work, includes installation, printmaking, collage, painting and video projection. A solo exhibition of work from 1988-2004 travelled to six venues in the U.K. and Canada.
Farheen HaQ is an Ontario-born Victoria artist working with video projections, performance and photography to explore the female body, gender issues and rituals. Before and after her York University MFA degree, completed in 2005, HaQ has shown her work in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. She is fascinated with communication, language and symbolism. Her artwork often examines her personal history and experiences, and includes the use of her own body.