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  • View of “Sameer Farooq,” 2021. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

    View of “Sameer Farooq,” 2021. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

    Sameer Farooq

    Koffler Gallery

    What will we do with the museum when all the objects it contains have been returned? “A Heap of Random Sweepings,” Sameer Farooq’s first major solo exhibition in Toronto, imagines just such a reparative future. Integrating sound, sculpture, poetry, printmaking, and photography, Farooq and his collaborators have transformed the gallery into a space for contemplation. The show’s proposal is that, once emptied, these sites might be used to reckon with their histories of violent appropriation and colonial accumulation.

    Using museum-display strategies to choreograph visitors’ movements, Farooq’s

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