History

About

Rungh. Means. Colour.

Rungh is a Canadian multidisciplinary space for creative explorations, featuring work by Indigenous, Black and People of Colour artists. Comprising of a magazine, programming, archive, advocacy and more, Rungh is committed to Canada-wide conversations by and about people of colour. Rungh questions and challenges ideas about diversity in the Canadian cultural landscape.

Rungh is a member of the Magazine Association of BC, the British Columbia Alliance for Arts and Culture, the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC), and an Associate Member of the BC Museums Association.

Rungh was founded in 1991 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with satellite offices in Toronto, and Montreal.

The first issue of Rungh Magazine was launched at Desh Pardesh in Toronto, Ontario in the Summer of 1992.

In September 2017, Rungh was relaunched on Lekwungen territories, near Victoria, British Columbia, at the Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires gathering. Rungh is an Incubation Partner with Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires in the journey to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system.

Rungh has its roots in a print magazine of the same name which published as a South Asian Quarterly of Culture, Comment and Criticism from 1992-1997 under one editorial team, and from 1997 to 2000 under a second editorial team. During that period, in addition to the magazine, Rungh also programmed events, engaged in advocacy to change Canada's art systems, and fostered a creative hub of activities. Rungh was dormant from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2017, Rungh existed as an "in process" webspace.

Founded by Zool Suleman and Sherazad Jamal, Rungh was a pioneer in its multidisciplinary approach, which while rooted in identity politics, also looked beyond identity in its scope.

Read a brief interview about Rungh here [PDF].

Magazine Association of British Columbia
BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
BC Museums Association
The Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres