C Mag

Public Lecture

1st Meeting for Nondualistic Thinking

12 - 3 pm

Event Details


6 Oct 2019


Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6H 1N9

SESSION: Sameer Farooq

Artist Sameer Farooq invites participants to turn inward to evoke the personal atlas of images, objects and texts held by our internal reservoirs. Drawing from somatic body inquiry and contemplative practice, a series of exercises will centre the meeting around the question: What does my body want to make? More a silent town hall meeting than a lecture, the event will be guided by Farooq and informed by the imaginations of its guests.

Registration for the event is limited to twelve persons; to RSVP please send your request to Aamna Muzaffar, aamna@mercerunion.org or 416.536.1519

Sameer Farooq is a Canadian artist of Pakistani and Ugandan Indian descent. His interdisciplinary practice investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of sculpture, installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. The result is often a collaborative work which counterbalances how dominant institutions speak about our lives: a counter-archive, new additions to a museum collection, or a buried history made visible. Farooq has held exhibitions at institutions around the world including the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario (2011); The British Library, London (2015); Institute of Islamic Culture, Paris (2017); Lilley Museum, Nevada (2019); Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver (2018); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016); Maquis Projects, Turkey (2015); Trankat, Morocco (2014); Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island (2015); Artellewa, Cairo (2014); and Sanat Limani, Turkey (2010). He is a recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council; the Europe Media Fund; as well the President’s Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design. Reviews and essays dedicated to his work have been published by Canadian Art; The Washington Post; BBC Culture; Hyperallergic; Artnet; The Huffington Post; and C Magazine among others. Farooq was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2018.

SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition.

SESSION: Sameer Farooq is co-presented by Mercer Union and C Magazine.

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