The W(hole) Picture
29 September - 11 October 2018
Join us in celebrating Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 with the first-ever collaboration between the CLGA (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) and Glory Hole Gallery.
Projects featured at both the Canadia Lesbian and Gay Archives at 34 Isabella street and Glory Hole Gallery at 499 Church Street!
Purdah | Shui
11 May 2018
Please join us on the opening May 11th from 6pm-9pm at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street to view the art and for a special artist talk between Magsi and Chengyang, moderated by curator Emily Peltier.
Purdah | Shui is a duo exhibition by Mariam Magsi (top row) and Eric Chengyang (bottom row). The title consists of two non-English words separated by a line representing both a barrier and a mirror, as well as a parallel and a reflection.
Purdah is a word of Persian origin. It means to veil, to seclude oneself from others, to wear enveloping clothing, or curtains. Purdah can also be intellectualized as concealment or hiding, much like how the candidates in my work hide their orientations or drape a Purdah over their lives. In this series, the type of Purdah used is the burqa veil.
Shui, pronounced as "shuay", means water, and it refers to the Chinese idiom: drifting clouds and flowing water (xing-yun liu-shui; 行云流水). The term describes a spontaneous and freeform style, aura, or aesthetics. While the two works stand independently and reflect each artist's unique background correspondingly, the overall display at the Glory Hole Gallery serves as a metaphor for water reflection.