Credit: P.Mansaram, Moon Trip, 1966, mixed media, 70 cm x 70 cm. Photo courtesy of the estate of the artist
Conversation on the Art of P.Mansaram
Learn more about this significant Canadian artist and his mixed media artworks.
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Deepali Dewan (Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum) joins co-curators Indu Vashist (Executive Director, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto) and Toleen Touq (Artistic Director, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto) of P.Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium to talk about the exhibiting artist’s practice and legacy.
Co-presented with Indian Summer Festival and moderated by their Artistic Director Sirish Rao.
About the Artist
Panchal Mansaram (1934–2020) grew up in Mount Abu, Rajasthan in India. He left his family home to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist. As a young art student, Mansaram was inspired by both the history of art and his everyday surroundings, which included billboards, advertising, posters, and early computer art. He also studied in Amsterdam where he began to make more experimental artwork. In 1966, Mansaram moved with his family to Canada, living in Toronto before settling in Burlington. For many years, he worked as both an artist, as well as a high school art teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. Mansaram had exhibitions at numerous galleries including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the South Asian Gallery of Art in Oakville.
About Deepali Dewan
Deepali Dewan is the Dan Mishra Senior Curator of South Asian Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. She is also an affiliated Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto and co-editor of the online, peer-reviewed journal Trans Asian Photography. Her research spans issues of colonial, modern, and contemporary visual culture in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, with a focus on photography. She is the author of Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-Century India (2013, co-authored with Deborah Hutton), Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs (2012), and the editor of Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s (2011). All three were accompanied by exhibitions.
About Indu Vashist
Indu Vashist has served as the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto since 2013. She is interested in art that is not precious, words that are precise. She has worked various artistic modalities—from theatre to writing. The primary motivation for all aspects is the quest to be and teach embodiment. In addition to being a cultural worker, Vashist is also a yoga and somatics teacher.
About Toleen Touq
Toleen Touq is a curator, cultural producer, and facilitator working between Toronto (Canada) and Amman (Jordan). In Toronto, she is Artistic Director of SAVAC, a nomadic artist-run organization dedicated to presenting and developing the work of marginalized artists on Turtle Island. In Amman, she is co-founding director of Spring Sessions (2014-ongoing), a yearly residency program that brings together artists, researchers, and cultural practitioners in a collaborative and experiential learning environment. She co-initiated The River Has Two Banks (2012-2017), a multi-disciplinary platform that addresses the historical, political, and spatial relations between Jordan and Palestine. Her writings have been published with Ibraaz, Sternberg Press, A Prior, Manifesta Journal, and others.
About Sirish Rao
Sirish Rao is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Indian Summer Festival. A writer, producer, and cultural curator, Rao has spent a decade as Director of one of India’s most respected publishing houses and has worked in event production in India, the UK, and Europe. He has authored twenty books, from commentaries on street art to children’s books and retellings of Greek plays. He maintains his connection to international publishing in his role as Adjunct Professor in the Publishing Department at Simon Fraser University.