This upcoming group show explores the complex and multiple meanings of diaspora, its condition, and its experiences as expressed through painting. “The questions and concepts of diaspora are of deep, personal interest to me as a person of colour born in Canada of mixed Asian heritage,” says curator and managing director Cheryl Sim. The wide spectrum of productive interpretations and relations that are generated by experiences of diaspora remain unfixed, providing endless engagement with the notions of kinship and identity in a world of advanced globalization and migration.

This show presents a selection of work by artists who address questions of diaspora from diverse perspectives, methodologies and aesthetic languages. The medium of painting, with its deep and complex history, becomes a particularly provocative lens through which to explore the complications and diversities that are analogous to the richness of diasporic experiences. This collective body of work also aims for an intergenerational dialogue and presents artists whose work has pushed the boundaries of what painting is and can be. Given the open-ended and discursive nature of the subject, the show is by no means an attempt to be exhaustive but, rather, endeavours to open up ideas and encourage dialogue.

A publication will function as a tool within the exhibition, offering visitors a primer on each artist’s work. Additionally, there will be a special reading space with a selection of books on the subject of diaspora. This space will also host special events and discussions.

Curator: Cheryl Sim

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Hurvin Anderson, Kamrooz Aram, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Firelei Báez, Frank Bowling, Cy Gavin, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lubaina Himid, Bharti Kher, Rick Leong, Manuel Mathieu, Jordan Nassar, Yoko Ono, Maia Cruz Palileo, Julie Mehretu, Rajni Perera, Ed Pien, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Shanna Strauss, Marigold Santos, Jessica Sabogal, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Salman Toor, Hajra Waheed, Jinny Yu

Image: Hurvin Anderson, Peter’s Sitters 2, 2009. Oil on canvas, 187 x 147 cm© Hurvin Anderson. Courtesy Zabludowicz Collection

Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art

451 & 465 Saint-Jean Street

Montréal (Quebec) H2Y 2R5, Canada