Sunday, December 1, 2013

Media Release: THIS COUNTRY IS YOURS at Toronto Image Works Gallery

TORONTO, ON - Thursday November 28, 2013 

A narrative of social and political transformation of Nepal

Two Special Events at Toronto Image Works Gallery:
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), Madhesis (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. 

Surendra Lawoti, Photographer, Toronto, Ontario:
“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.” 

About Toronto Image Works Gallery:
Originally founded by renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, the TIW Gallery has been supporting the photographic community in Toronto for over 25 years. Our commitment to exhibiting photo- based art is carried out through hosting exhibitions for Scotiabank CONTACT Festival feature shows, and working closely with undergraduate and graduate programs in local Colleges and Universities. We are transitioning into a new era of celebrating excellence in photography by seeking out new approaches in photo-based art by both emerging and established artists. 

Exhibition Duration: December 3, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9 - 7, Sat 11 - 3 (Closed for Holidays Dec. 24 - Jan. 6) 

Contact & RSVP:
Shea Chang, Gallery Curator:
Cell: 647-444-0859
Toronto Image Works Gallery | 80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 207   

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