Admission: FREE – open to the public.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the infamous Komagatu Maru incident, Ali Kazimi will discuss his most recent work, Fair Play. Through ten quiet vignettes, this new 3-D installation depicts the lives of ordinary people who were affected by the arrival, detention and departure of the Komagata Maru.
Moderator: Indu Vashist, Executive Director, South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC)
With: Ali Kazimi, Filmmaker/Artist
Ali Kazimi is an award winning filmmaker, critically acclaimed author and visual artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history and memory. His documentaries include Narmada: A Valley Rises (1994), Passage from India (1998), Continuous Journey (2004), Rex versus Singh (2009). His book Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History (Douglas & McIntyre) was a finalist for several book prizes. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University where he is also the principal investigator of the Stereoscopic 3D Lab at York.
Fair Play is a co-presentation of Reel Asian and the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC). For the past 20 years, SAVAC has been presenting evocative, critical, and challenging work locally, nationally and internationally. SAVAC showcases work by South Asian artists in a variety of spaces and locations, ranging from the unconventional space of a taxicab, to the institutional space of a public museum. SAVAC plays a vital role in the visual arts sector in Canada by advocating for South Asian artists and culturally diverse issues and practices.
Indu Vashist was born and raised on Coast Salish Territories, on the land of the Cowichan peoples, where her community, the Punjabis have been settled for over a century. Drawing from her background, she went on to write her MA thesis,“Between Canadian Racism and Indian Repression: The Air India Bombing and Filmic Representations of Sikh Diasporic Identity in Canada.” She worked in Montreal on a plethora of social justice issues with special attention to migrant justice. She is currently the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre).
Special Exhibition: Fair Play Gallery Presentation
Special Event: Fair Play Opening Reception