Date: Tue. December 3, 2013 - Fri. January 31, 2014.
Location: Toronto Image Works Gallery (207-80 Spadina Avenue) - Toronto ON M5V 2J4
The Toronto Image Works Gallery presents This Country is Yours featuring photographs and a narrative of social and political transformation of Nepal by Surendra Lawoti.
Opening: Wednesday December 4, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday January 18, 1pm
This Country is Yours is a photographic exhibition that documents and fosters the collective political struggle of Nepal’s marginalized groups. This on-going and long-term photographic series by Surendra Lawoti focuses on activists of six social and political movements of Nepal, which include: women, indigenous nationalities, Dalits (‘untouchable’ groups), Madeshis (regional minorities from southern plains), the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer community, and religious minorities. Within the context of representational deficit faced by Nepal’s marginalized groups during the historic process of writing of Nepal’s constitution, Lawoti creates a visual narrative of Nepal that pays homage to the courageous activists who are fighting to end hegemony of the status quo and make Nepal an impartial state.
“My work is a means to investigate human circumstances as well as facilitate its recognition to an audience… This Country is Yours, at the very heart is moved by my transnational identity that hovers between the east and the west, South Asian and North American, and Nepali and Canadian. My current work, in its very essence is authored by this transnational experience with footings in two wonderful places and cultures that I call home.”
- Surendra Lawoti, Photographer, Toronto, ON
Exhibition Runs December 3, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri 9 – 7, Sat 11 – 3 (Closed for Holidays Dec. 24 – Jan. 6)
Gallery address: 207-80 Spadina Avenue