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میں اپنی ماں کی بیٹی ہوں
I am my mother’s daughter

Art Gallery of Hamilton is pleased to announce the exhibition of Farheen Haq’s "i am my mother's daughter" opening on June 22, 2023.

Aankh band ke dekho (Close your eyes and see) 2022 video still 2
Farheen Haq, Aankh band ke dekho (Close your eyes and see) video still 2, 2022, Courtesy of the Artist.
Aankh band ke dekho (Close your eyes and see) 2022 video still 2
Farheen Haq, Aankh band ke dekho (Close your eyes and see) video still 2, 2022, Courtesy of the Artist.

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Rungh Cultural Society

Rungh is pleased to be a Media Partner for this Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibition.

For her first major solo exhibition in a Southern Ontario museum, Victoria, BC-based artist Farheen Haq recognizes the resilience and knowledge systems of her mother, a Muslim woman who arrived in the Niagara region from Pakistan in South Asia in 1970. The exhibition examines intergenerational relationships, connecting Haq’s mother's experience as a young Muslim bride arriving in Canada, with her own experience as a mother. Haq’s work in performance, video, and sculpture is a form of self-inquiry interwoven with an awareness of her family's responsibilities toward the work of reconciliation as settlers on Haudenosaunee territories. The artist explores how she carries the past and how she determines its legacy into the future.

Circulated by the Campbell River Art Gallery

Curated by Haema Sivanesan & Jenelle M. Pasiechnik

About the Artist

Farheen HaQ is a South Asian Muslim Canadian artist who has been living on unceded Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC) for 20 years. She was born and raised on Haudenosanee territory (Niagara region, Ontario) amongst a tight-knit Muslim community. Her multidisciplinary practice which often employs video, installation and performance is informed by interiority, relationality, family work, embodiment, ritual and spiritual practice. Farheen’s current work focuses on understanding her family history on Canadian territories, caregiving and the body as a continuum of culture and time.

She has exhibited her work in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally including New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Lahore, Hungary, and Romania. Recent exhibitions include Sentirse en Casa at Casa Cultura Gallery, Medellin Colombia (2018), Being Home at the Comox Valley Art Gallery (2015), Fashionality at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (2012), Collected Resonance at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2011), The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Talwar Gallery, New York (2009), and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Miami (2008). Farheen received her BA in International Development (1998) from the University of Toronto, her BEd (2000) from the University of Ottawa and her MFA in Visual Arts (2005) from York University. In 2014, Farheen was nominated for Canada’s pre-eminent Sobey Art Awar

About the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in the region with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international, and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, and Kim Adams, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge, and engage you.

The AGH is situated on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas.

This land is covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant as well as the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792 which was an agreement between the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Crown.