4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
11:30am to 1:30pm, Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus
Raghavendra Rao, K.V., Visual artist and Associate, Centre for India and South Asia Research, UBC
Anne Murphy, Associate Professor, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
This presentation explores the representation and narration of individual and societal forms of trauma and remembrance. The central theme of the series ‘Mending Cracks’, by Raghavendra Rao K.V., is disability, trauma and the complex process of recovery. Rao was buried under rubble in the 2001 earthquake in Kutch, India, resulting in the partial paralysis and atrophy of his left arm. The works in this series represent his visualization of this experience and its enduring effects, through painting, installations and videos. This work has also inspired a new project by SACHA, “Trauma, Memory, and the Story of Canada,” made possible with generous funding from the Canada 150 fund, which will in 2017 present a series of public art events and exhibitions to explore experiences of trauma as neglected and yet foundational parts of the story of Canada. The plan for this project will be presented.
Anne Murphy and Raghavendra Rao K.V. are founding Collective Members of the “South Asian Canadian Histories Association” (SACHA). Murphy specializes in Punjabi cultural representation in India, Pakistan and the Punjabi Diaspora; Rao is a visual artist who works in diverse media, including painting, installation, and video.