Congratulations to Jennifer Long, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, for being selected to be a part of the group exhibition, PORTRAITS: MOMENTS IN TIME at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)!
Jennifer Long, “Leah” from the series “Portrait”, 2007, 44”x36”
July 5 to Sept. 20, 2015
Opening Reception: July 5, 2-4pm
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario L6W 1Y1
Jennifer Long is an artist, curator and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. For the past fifteen years, her artistic practice has explored issues of doubt, vulnerability, perceived ideals, and communication, within the context of interpersonal relationships. This photographic work uses constructed narratives to describe the emotions and quiet moments of everyday life. Long’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and been published in numerous Canadian and European books and magazines. Long has been the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts and is currently working at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.
Gagan Banga, The Kesh Series, 2015
4th year OCAD U Photography major Gagan Banga‘s recent work, “The Kesh Series”, is on display at the Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives . The exhibition, “Sikhi 101: An introduction To The Sikh Way Of Life” is in partnership with Sikh Heritage Month and runs April 1-30, 2015. Come out to the opening festivities on Thursday, April 2nd from 6-9pm to help celebrate Banga’s success!
Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives
9 Wellington Street East, Brampton, ON
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Admission is free for the month of April, courtesy of the Sikh Heritage Community.
“The Kesh Series” is an on going photo series that focuses on Sikhism and the importance behind tying a turban and the keeping of kesh (uncut hair). In Sikhism, the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji commanded all Sikhs to maintain 5 articles called the 5 K’s to help achieve ones inner self, Kesh (uncut hair) being one of the articles. The turban (also called “Dastaar”) is an identifier and symbol of a Sikh male or female. Sikhism is built on the belief God is the perfect and divine creator therefore the keeping of uncut hair and the turban to be worn over it is a sign of self-respect and pride. The images you are viewing are of young Sikh males who are either in the beginning stages of wearing a turban or have been wearing a turban for less than eight years. Throughout the series of photographs you will see young Sikh males ranging from the ages of 15-22 years old, tying their turbans on their own or with assistance. The idea behind “The Kesh Series” is to educate the general public about Sikhism and the meaning of keeping Kesh and the tying of the turban.
– Gagan Banga