hey hey paula install text

Sarindar Dhaliwar, Hey Hey Paula, 1998. Installation consisting of 600 inkjet photographs on Fujiflex polyester paper, muslin curtain, rotary telephone with audio on a painted wooden table. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, 2015. © Sarindar Dhaliwal. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.


Opens July 23, 2023

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Sarindar Dhaliwal exhibits more than 40 years of artmaking by the South Asian Canadian artist. Characterized by intense colour and compelling imagery, Dhaliwal’s art investigates memory, identity and migration. In this, her first AGO solo exhibition, the artist’s significant contribution to Canadian art will be illustrated by a selection of key works, including meticulously rendered drawings and mixed media works from the 1980s to the 2000s, alongside large-scale installations and recent photography. Curated by Renée van der Avoird, Assistant Curator, Canadian Art, this exhibition highlights two recent acquisitions: Hey Hey Paula (1998) and the cartographer’s mistake: the Radcliffe Line (2012).


Sarindar Dhaliwal was born in the Punjab, moved with her family to England at the age of four and grew up in Southall, London. At age fifteen, she migrated again with her family to Canada. She received a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University, Cornwall in England (1978), then moved back to Canada where she still lives. She gained a MA from York University in 2003 and a PhD in Fine Arts from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Dhaliwal has exhibited across Canada at institutions including the Edmonton Art Gallery; the Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto; the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; and A Space Gallery, Toronto. An exhibition of her work, Record Keeping, toured England in 2004. Her work is in collections including the Walker Philips Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank. Dhaliwal was the 2012 recipient of the Canada Council International Residency at Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

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