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Wednesday March 31 2021 at 7:30 PM

× Priya Jain

Pockets

Found materials/objects, hand-sewn + dyed fabric/textile, foliage

Dimensions variable

2016

Price:Not For Sale



Bio
Priya is an artist/yogi interested in the process of art + mindfulness practices and their potential as forms of healing. Their own practice experiments with: collage, mandala making, conversations around the dinner table, interventional rituals and performances, and ephemeral medium such as wax and fire to create spaces of meditation for the viewer. Priya’s main focus throughout their work is about creating accessibility across disciplines, community engagement, mindfulness, and promoting collective care - especially for people who are racialized and for those who struggle with mental health challenges.

Statement
The installation is an on-going creation using recycled fabric materials and dyes, foliage, sentimental (found) objects, and whimsical anecdotes that capture personal memories of home. The artist invites you to gently engage with these ephemeral pieces and to be open to serendipitous exchanges.

Each pocket is hand-stitched through a collaborative process.

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Large, hand-sewn, and dyed fabric panels with pockets – filled with found objects containing specific memories of Canada’s ethnocultural and QTBIPOC* communities, seedlings, and newspaper clippings – speak to different issues of marginalization, and commemoration. The inserted media clippings from Idle No More, anti-pipeline protests and Black Lives Matter TO, are some of the many initiatives that address the important issues happening in Canada at this moment, as part of a history of ongoing systemic oppression.

Pockets creates space for those who have been marginalized within these histories, to enter into dialogue about the memories they carry from the spaces they inhabit/occupy, and the emotional labor that racialized women continuously pour into their communities in reclamation of their histories. The process-based, and skill sharing nature of the work is inspired by a long line of empowered feminist practice that engage in community projects centered around healing.

*inclusive to those identifying as queer, trans, Black, indigenous, and people of colour

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“We need enormous pockets, pockets big enough for our families and our friends, and even the people who aren't on our lists, people we've never met but still want to protect. We need pockets for boroughs and for cities, a pocket that could hold the universe.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


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Venue

Being Scene
651 Dufferin St
Toronto ON M6K 2B2