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Shaan Syed, Wall Painting in Three Parts for the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017, oil paint, Polyfilla. Installation view. From “HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists.”

“HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists”

Aga Khan Museum

Shaan Syed, Wall Painting in Three Parts for the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017, oil paint, Polyfilla. Installation view. From “HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists.”

Cultural institutions across Canada are marking the country’s sesquicentennial through exhibitions that revisit history and reexamine current notions of nationhood. “HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists” is one of the most distinct shows to emerge from this initiative. Its unique character is largely owing to its venue, the Aga Khan Museum, an institution dedicated to showcasing pluralism through both its permanent collection of Islamic art dating back to the eighth century, and regular exhibitions of more recent art from disparate parts of the so-called Islamic world. Curated by Swapnaa Tamhane, “HERE” cleverly adopts the museum’s pluralist mandate to interrogate the idea of Canada and assert the importance of cultural difference within society. Though not named explicitly, the transcultural condition of diaspora—whether the result of willful migration or of forced

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