Par Nair: the stories we don’t tell
Eastern Edge is excited to present our first Main Gallery exhibition of 2024! Join us on February 2nd from 6:00-8:00PM for the opening reception of Par Nair’s exhibition, the stories we don’t tell. There will be snacks, refreshments, and an artist talk from Par starting at around 6:30pm! To RSVP to the Facebook event, click here.
the stories we don’t tell is a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Par Nair that examines the lived experiences of diaspora through oil painting, hand embroidery and textile installations. The works consider traditional knowledge, cultural histories and familial archives while shedding light on stories and voices of people historically silenced in colonial spaces. The importance of storytelling and acknowledgement of ancestral practices is an integral part of the show. It is a meditation on the double life, confusion and imminent transformations felt in migrant journeys. The exhibition will highlight canonically underrepresented art practices to make space for the stories we don’t tell while asking, how can diasporic bodies find belonging and healing?
Par Nair (she/her) is an Indian born interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator who lives and makes in the GTA (Canada). Her practice which centers oil paintings, hand embroidery, installation, and creative writing focus on dual identities, hybrid cultures and fragmented realities of migrants. Par acquired her Master’s (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from OCAD University and has shown her works nationally and internationally. Notable showings include Nuit Blanche, Xpace Cultural Centre, Mayten’s Gallery, Project Casa, The Textile Museum of Canada, Riverdale Art Gallery, Propeller Art Gallery and The Kochi Biennale (India). Par is the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, The Career Launcher Prize and various OAC grants. Within her work, she unravels and reimagines historical narratives of Indian women.
As part of Eastern Edge’s Art Writing partnership with Riddle Fence, we are pleased to share a review of the stories we don’t tell, written by Maggie Burton. Click here to check it out!
View the exhibition virtually!
Photo Credit: Laura Sbrizzi