Tracing Contours: Canadian South Asian Contemporary Arts 1990s – 2020s

February 9, 2023
Tracing Contours: Canadian South Asian Contemporary Arts 1990s – 2020s
Clockwise top left to bottom right: Shelly Bahl, Jordan Strom, Farheen Haq, and Zool Suleman.

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As a part of "everything left unsaid" a solo exhibition of work by Jagdeep Raina at the Libby Leshgold Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, this panel conversation explores the topic of Canadian South Asian Contemporary in the 1990s – 2020s period. Featuring Shelly Bahl, Farheen Haq and Jordan Strom, this panel was programmed and moderated by Zool Suleman. This wide ranging conversation draws links between the Black Arts movement in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, to the Desh Pardesh gatherings and the founding of SAVAC in Toronto in the 1990s, to Asian/South Asian arts alliances, to contemporary questions of curation and arts production in Canada.


Shelly Bahl, Farheen Haq and Jordan Strom in conversation with moderator Zool Suleman at the Libby Leshgold gallery at Emily Carr University February 9, 2023,
Shelly Bahl
Shelly Bahl is an interdisciplinary artist and decolonizing art trailblazer. As an artist, educator and curator, she has been leading and participating in BIPOC and feminist artist-run culture in Toronto and NYC for over 25 years.
Farheen Haq
Farheen Haq is a South Asian Muslim Canadian artist living on unceded Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC).
Jordan Strom
Jordan Strom has been curating exhibitions, writing, and publishing on contemporary art for the past two decades on the unceded land of the Coast Salish and Interior Salish nations.
Zool Suleman
Zool Suleman is an advocate, writer, journalist, and cultural collaborator.