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New Fall Exhibitions at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery

September 29 - November 25, 12:00am - 12:00am

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), an internationally-acclaimed institution fostering the work of contemporary artists, is pleased to present its newest exhibitions – Althea Thauberger’s Who Is It That Will Tell Me What I Am, Vivek Shraya’s I Learned I Had A Body, and Cindy Baker's Things I’ve Forgotten. The exhibitions run from September 29 to November 24 2018, with an opening reception on September 29, from 8:00-10:00PM. Refreshments will be served at the SAAG bar.

Who Is It That Will Tell Me What I Am | Althea Thauberger

The exhibition includes a new film produced in Saddar, a cosmopolitan neighbourhood within Karachi, known as the ‘City of Lights’ for its vivacious 1960s and 1970s nightlife. The area has been profoundly transformed by political and religious changes in the city and across Pakistan. Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World is an experimental film, and in essence a portrait of the Modernist-era screening house, the last in a line of historic cinemas along M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi, burnt by a mob of protesters in 2012 to condemn a controversial Youtube video. The restored Capri Cinema is the setting for a community performance project, enacted by the cinema staff and patrons: layering the plot and denouement of the theatrical narrative alongside the personal and historical relationships to the site of the cinema, its social role in the city, and survival within its community.  

I Learned I Had A BodyVivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya’s solo exhibition features two recent works documenting her relationship to her own body and connection to her family. The exhibition includes her photography essay Trisha, a series of diptychs with Shraya reconstructing images of her mother from the 1970s. Shraya produced the series in a collaborative process with her peers, a photographer, makeup artist, and hairstylist who transformed Shraya in homage of her mother, a generation earlier. 

Shraya’s writing connects the process of making Trisha to her harrowing new work, a video work produced with a fellow photographer, where images of Shraya in both Edmonton and Toronto are overlaid with her own voice, taking the viewer to the edges of her own survival

Things I’ve Forgotten | Cindy Baker

Cindy Baker’s Things I’ve Forgotten explores the relationship between trauma, memory, and the body. This multi-part project is based on a very specific, mostly-forgotten memory, where the artist is three years old, riding her Big Wheel tricycle, and abducted by two young boys. Though this event is indelibly marked in Baker’s memory, she has no recollection of what followed after the boys’ initial taunts. Things I’ve Forgotten examines the tension between the ability of our brains to block out traumatic events from conscious memory, but their inability to prevent those events from impacting us into adulthood. 

Two commercial LED signs display running text describe the artist’s vivid dreams, written down in the night. Because she forgets most of her dreams soon after recording them, revisiting them is a parallel experience to remembering a long-forgotten memory. An audio recording of Baker reading these dream descriptions is activated when she pedals an adult-sized Big Wheel tricycle along the pathways of Galt Gardens, as part of three scheduled performances on September 29, October 6, and October 13, 2018. 

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