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Sharmila Samant
Multi-media Artist Sharmila Samant of India in Mississauga for Art Residency

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 Canada’s 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 Canada’s safest city.

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Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Hendricks

Public Affairs Consultant

City of Mississauga

905-615-3200 ext. 4073

TTY 905-896-5151


Paola Poletto                                      

Supervisor, Arts and Culture

City of Mississauga

905-615-3200 ext.4063