Monday, September 15, 2008

EXHIBITION: come embroider with Rashmi at Dyed Roots @ MOCCA (Thurs-Sun until September 21)

Dyed Roots
the new emergence of culture
September 9 - 21: Rashmi Varma, performance-based installation
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art 952 Queen Street West
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pay What You Can

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Canada, is physically located in a city whose population, in large part, points to other countries and cultures to describe itself. The soil beneath its structure is receptive to roots of multifarious origins. In Dyed Roots: the new emergence of culture, the intermingling of cultures is considered as a natural consequence of immigration and travel. The show's title refers to intrinsic qualities that persist in spite of external influence and efforts made to conceal them. Dyed Roots: the new emergence of culture explores the ways in which a sense of identity can be cultivated and influenced.

In the midst of the exhibition stands a pristine, white room - save for its smashed wall. This blow makes tangible the vehemence that is sometimes required to bring about change as one idea meets forcefully against another. It allows for exchange, acting as a window between Dyed Roots: the new emergence of culture and the two consecutive projects which the room will house.

From September 9 - 21, designer Rashmi Varma will have free reign to creatively inhabit the 12 x 12 foot room. During this time she will embroider a dress that encompasses both her body and the inner architecture of the space. From Thursday to Sunday, between 1 and 5 p.m., guests of the artist and members of the general public will be invited to embroider the dress with her.


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