Meera Margaret Singh: Jardim

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Zalucky Contemporary says
Meera Margaret Singh: Jardim
May 6 - June 3, 2017

a Feature Exhibition of the 2017 CONTACT Photography Festival

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 4-6PM
Artist in attendance. All welcome!

The photographs in "Jardim" were taken by Meera Margaret Singh during a two-month artist residency in 2012 in Jardim Canada, Brazil, an isolated industrial town primarily made up of factories, warehouses, and improvised housing for a transitory workforce. Captured through the camera is an urban landscape oscillating between growth and decay. What is revealed through the printed photographs, however, is a self-reflexive meditation on the artist’s experience of that time.

Living and working in this isolated town, Singh (like most of the local women) was restricted from leaving her residence after dark - this is the singular reason why all the photographs are shot in daylight. The artist residency was housed in an old converted factory and was shared at the time by Singh and three male artists. Access to the outside world was made even more tenuous with inconsistent internet and telephone connections. The residency itself became a place of gendered tension and, like the surrounding town after dark, a place where a woman was made to feel unsafe. "Jardim" bears witness to this tension by hovering between states of connection and alienation, freedom and restriction, safety and threat.

Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto. Recent exhibitions include Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections curated by Jessica Bradley for The Art Museum during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (2016), Beyond Measure: Domesticating Distance at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa (2015) and Here and There: Photography and Video Works on Immigration at The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (2013). Singh is the recipient of several residencies and awards, most notably she was the AGO Artist-in-Residence (2015), a scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with international photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti (2008) and selected to participate in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida (2007). She holds a BA in Anthropology and a BFA in Photography from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg as well as an MFA from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. Her work appears in the collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Wedge Curatorial Projects.

The gallery would like to thank the ongoing sponsorship support of the Junction Brewery.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm
or by appointment
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By: Zalucky Contemporary

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