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Shame Shame is a visual artist collaboration featuring new works by Maria Qamar (@hatecopy) and Babneet Lakhesar (@babbuthepainter). Produced by South Asian bridal brand CTC West (@ctcwest), the show explores the shame that first and second generation youth of the South Asian diaspora encounter when they realize that they want to partake in the arts. Whether the dream is to create, critique or simply experience, this demographic is often confronted by a wagging finger, 'shame shame'.

Babbuthepainter and Hatecopy
Rally (12 Ossington St., Toronto)
Nov 28, 2015 - Dec 1, 2015

Brought to you by CTC West
Curated by Gaurav Sawhney & Giles Monette

Artist Statements:

Indo-Canadian artist, Babneet Lakhesar created the persona of Babbu The Painter as a means of expression and critique. Her artwork is a journey of self-discovery and introspection. Babbu’s paintings directly respond to her surrounding environment and are further inspired by the people around her. Her work explores the idea of first generation Indians pushing the boundaries within their societal norms, through means of expression such as body adornment, fashion, and their significant other.

Hatecopy's Instagram account is fast becoming a bookmark for young people from South Asian backgrounds. Her pop art often references Desi Diaspora culture, leverages the dramatic, hyperbolic, maternal and feisty women from Desi soap operas, also known as "aunties" to deliver her message.


launch: november 28, 2015

6pm – 8pm: artist panel
moderated by: Anupa Mistry (journalist / @_anupa)

Amarindi Norbert (designer - @wearesophomore)
Aneela Q (dj - @yesyesninobrown)
Babneet Lakhesar (visual artist - @babbuthepainter)
Kiran Rai (actor - @kay_ray)
Maria Qamar (visual artist - @hatecopy)
Nafisa Kaptownwala (@b0llyh00d / @lordeinc)


8pm – 2am: show
@babbuthepainter and @hatecopy present their collaborative and individual works.

sound by:
Aneela Q
Sikh Knowledge (Kanwar Saini)

Sound system provided by the good folks at 88 Days of Fortune (
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By: CTC West