Jul 23, 2008
Internationally-renowned artist Sharmila Samant will be undertaking a three week residency
from July 26 to August 18, 2008 in Mississauga. This residency is co-presented by
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art), in collaboration with the City of Mississauga Office of Arts and
Culture, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and the Central Library.
As part of her artistic journey, Samant will explore migrant experiences of Mississauga's
South Asian community in particular, the Goan and Maharashtran communities - and the recent
phenomena of immigrant Indians returning to live in India, said Zainub Verjee, Director,
Office of Arts and Culture.
Meet the Artist Reception
Residents are invited to come out and meet Samant, view her videos, and ask questions about
her artwork and inspiration.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
6 to 8 p.m.
Art Gallery of Mississauga, Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive, Ground Floor
(north of Burnhamthorpe Road and west of Hwy 10)
Samant is a multi-media artist and curator living and working in Mumbai, India. Her
installations and videos deal with urban migration, globalization and consumer culture. Samant
is the founding member of Open Circle, a Mumbai-based artist collective. She has curated
numerous exhibitions including the following recent works: South Asian video screening at KO
Video, 1st Durban Video Festival, organized by Pulse, Durban, South Africa, 2005 and
Destination Asia: Non-strict Correspondence curated by Quddus Mirza and Sharmila Samant, Sorus
Foundation Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2007.
Mississauga is Canadas sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000.
With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to
be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its
citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its
economic strength and for being Canadas safest city.
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Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 4073
Supervisor, Arts and Culture
City of Mississauga