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Border Crossings IV: Meral Pasha, Inside the Folds of a Map

Border Crossings IV: Meral Pasha, Inside the Folds of a Map
252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor hallway
Time: Apr 2nd, 5:30 pm End: Apr 2nd, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Sociology (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Canada, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Inside the Folds of a Map is an exhibition by artist Meral Pasha, curated by Sevan Injejikian

Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair?

Event IV:  Meral Pasha, Liminal Spaces: Inside the Folds of a Map

This exhibition will be on display 2-27 April 2012.  Curator and artist remarks at 7:00 pm.

Meral Pasha (artist) is an emerging Canadian artist whose research into feminist, queer, and postcolonial issues is an ongoing attempt to posit herself in the various stories that surround and inform her.  She was raised Muslim in post-colonial Pakistan, received an English-based education, and was already wedged firmly between cultures when she arrived in Canada as a young immigrant. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University in 2011 and has since been writing, studying Urdu, learning Tabla drumming, and reading colonial history. Her art practice has included video, performance, sculpture, photography, installation and poetry. She recognizes herself as colonized, racialised, queer, gendered and other-ed.

Sevan Injejikian (curator) is a photographer, writer and emerging curator. She recently acted as Assistant Curator, Education and Cultural Action at the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, where she organized exhibitions and events which engaged in community oriented initiatives. Sevan was also Curatorial Intern at the ACCEA, the Center for Armenian Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan, Armenia, and in September 2010, she assisted WIAprojects’ curatorial team in their presentation of Lezli-Rubin Kunda’s book-based performance works. This experience spurred her to develop her curatorial approach and focus on 3rd wave feminism and queer methodologies. Her interests also include transnationalism and Diaspora Studies, as well as the representation of trauma and conflict memory in contemporary art. Sevan holds a B.A. in Creative Writing with a Minor in Photography from Concordia University, and an M.A. in Art History from McGill University. Her recent writings include “Displacing Home: Moving beyond Nostalgic Identification in Aydin Matlabi’s Work” which will be published in Aydin Matlabi’s forthcoming photographic book on the Iranian social landscape.

This event is jointly sponsored by:

Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair is a series of events and exhibitions that respond to the JHI's 2011-2012 theme, Location/Dislocation, from a feminist perspective.  Artists and researchers this year will be coming from the USA, Pakistan and Canada and programming will be  happening at two campus sites at UTSC and CWSE, OISE/U of T. Connections, intersections and differences in these programs and people include gender, race, culture and media dealing with cultural genocide, women and cancer, gender/trans issues, and more.

The artists Sylvat Aziz, Meral Pasha, and Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Ontario) live cross border from Mesma Belsare (Boston). In complex ways, they interweave gender, sexuality and artistic practice as they confront how dislocation, and their longing for relocation, is mapped on their bodies: for Belsare it is the dynamics of gender in dance, for Aziz a cultural critique, and for Moufawad-Paul and Pasha the complexities around gender displacement, and cultural loss. This project intends to bring Belsare, Aziz, Pasha and Moufawad-Paul to present for 2011-12 at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto. This series gives both university sites ongoing engagement with issues of location/dislocation. University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) participating faculty plan to use this in a variety of ways for curricular support, and the Centre for Women‘s Studies (CWSE) and WIAprojects at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT at St. George campus will take advantage of Aziz and Pasha to highlight their 2011-12 programming. A year-end summary of this series will be as a Locations/Dislocations Roundtable on April 10th at 12 noon in Room 2-225 at the CWSE OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

For other events in this series, see listings at

  • 26 September 2011, 7-9 pm: Forum and Screening, Vicky Moufawad-Paul (170 St. George
  • 3 November 2011, 2-4 pm:  Mesma Belsare and Sylvat Aziz in Conversation (Leila Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC)
  • 5 March 2012, 5:30-7 pm, Sylvat Aziz, Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor hallway)
  • 10 April 2012, 12-1:30 pm: Brownbag Roundtable on the series Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor)

All events are free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact Pam Patterson, Director, WIAprojects

Download event flyer [pdf]

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