Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru

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“Ruptures in Arrival” at Surrey Art Gallery, April 12 to June 15, 2014

Reviewed by Janet Nicol

This powerful group exhibition is one of several events this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s refusal to allow entry by 376 Indian migrants aboard a Japanese steamship, the Komagata Maru. Much has been written about the incident, part of Canada’s troubled history of thwarting immigration from Asia, but curator Jordan Strom believes this is the largest exhibition to engage the topic. The show includes 10 artists who use painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation to reflect not only on the specific incident, but also on more recent histories of oceanic migration. It features work by Vancouver artists, including notable figures such as Ken Lum and Paul Wong, along with artists who live elsewhere in Canada, as well as India and the United States.

Full article in Galleries West magazine, Fall/Winter, 2014.
Link at http://www.gallerieswest.ca/art-reviews/exhibition-reviews/%22ruptures-in-arrival%3A-art-in-the-wake-of-the-komagata-maru%2C%22/

Artwork shown above is created by Raghavendra Rao

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