Indian Summer Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery

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Event Category: BC’s Best Festivals & Events

  • Indian Summer Festival collaborates once again with the Vancouver Art Gallery to present a day of special programming at the Gallery. ISF x VAG coincides with the major exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India, now on view through September 2, which focuses on the photo-based practices of thirteen contemporary Indian artists. This full-day of programming is inspired by the exhibition’s themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity and includes dance performances, music, a keynote lecture and a curator’s tour.


    12 PM | Performance by Arash Khakpour of The Biting School

    Arash Khakpour is a dance artist and choreographer, who is interested in dance as a language through which to explore the human condition.

    1 PM | Curator’s Tour: Diana Freundl with Sirish Rao

    Join Diana Freundl, Associate Curator of Asian Art, for a tour of Moving Still: Performative Photography in India, with Sirish Rao, Artistic Director, Indian Summer Festival.

    2 PM | Sitar performance by Mohamed Assani and friends

    Mohamed Assani is an award-winning sitar player and ambassador for his rich musical tradition. Throughout his extensive career, he has brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of his instrument.

    3 PM | Keynote Lecture: Sunil Gupta

    Join artist Sunil Gupta for a keynote lecture critically addressing issues of race, migration and queer identity in India in relation to his photographic series Sun City (2011), now on view in Moving Still. Over the last thirty years, Gupta’s work has focused on agency and empowerment in India’s gay communities, where homosexuality, until September 2018, was a criminal act under colonial-era law, punishable with ten years of imprisonment.

    $15 Members | $30 General Admission

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