Sahmat | Programming Narrative

Performance tent, installation. Art Gallery of Mississauga. Photo by Jag Gundu.

A guest post by Fareena Chanda, Special Projects – Engagement

The AGM’s current exhibit, The Sahmat Collective: Art & Activism in India since 1989 is both eye-opening and, for those from South Asia, a familiar touchstone. The exhibition explores the intersection between freedom of expression and art as activism, and the commonalities between the struggle for social justice in India in the 1980’s and 1990’s and global current events are striking. The breadth and passion on display in the exhibition is truly inspirational, and I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the show and grapple with its message.

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Liberty Lost (G20, Toronto), 2010. Condé + Beveridge will be at the AGM's art and activism panel discussion August 26.
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Liberty Lost (G20, Toronto), 2010. Condé + Beveridge will be at the AGM’s art and activism panel discussion August 26.

In addition to Sahmat, the AGM and I have been working on several unique experiences for its guests this summer.  On August 26th, Thinking Globally, Acting Locally – a panel discussion will take a critical look at the role of the artist collective and the relationship between art and activism from both a global and local perspective. On September 13th, The Public, an activist design studio will host a hands-on poster making workshop where they will share techniques on how to critically assess the works in the show and teach participants techniques to create their own political art print.

Register here for the poster making workshop by August 26.

In a summer where so much has gone on in the world, come join the AGM in exploring how art plays a role in social justice and creating a globally aware citizenry.

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The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and is on view at the AGM from July 24 – October 19, 2014. For more information on the exhibition and a full schedule of events, please visit artgalleryofmississauga.com.

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