My Grandmothers Dress, circa. 1955.
Angela Aujla: My Grandmothers Dress
February 17 – May 21, 2023
My Grandmother’s Dress tells the story of early diasporic Panjabi women making and remaking culture in Canada in the shadow of racist hostility, dislocation from homelands, and patriarchal traditions. Through engagement with material culture, archival documents, and family photographs, Aujla creates a visual discourse that disrupts colonial narratives and reanimates the lives of those excluded from dominant histories. Her work is an entanglement of historical, fictive, and autobiographical memory that encourages us to reposition our understanding of national history, and consider how traces of the past endure through generations.
Angela Aujla is a Punjabi Canadian visual artist who engages with archival materials and cultural objects to explore the interplay between culture, memory and colonial history. Her vibrant, narrative artwork takes the form of embellished photography, collage, drawing, and mixed media installations. She is fascinated with the ways that material objects come to carry meaning, memory, and nostalgia – particularly in diasporic, post-colonial contexts.
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About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pott-a-wa-tomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beau-so-leil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation and Rama First Nation. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century. We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.
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