In the context of Vancouver’s changing urban and cultural landscapes, Woven Chronicle returns to the very origins of ethnic and cultural diversity. While Canada celebrates a myriad of ethnicities and cultures, issues of discrimination and inequality are still felt among immigrant and resident populations. The porous surface of Kallat’s map reveals proverbial holes in the naïve utopian idea of a unity through diversity, offering a contemplative sketch of the globalized world.
Woven by the artist and assistants from rural villages in India, the map implicates both the artist and the labour of migrant workers who travel to urban centres for economic survival – not only in India, but throughout the world. As a result, the work becomes a complex embroidery of human convergence and its accompanying narratives of connection and conflict.
until October 12, 2015
Reena Saini Kallat
Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
1128 West Georgia St. Vancouver, Canada