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Agenda / February 09–March 23, 2019
Editors' Pick

Nep Sidhu: Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded)

Nep Sidhu, <em>Quarzarz on 23rd</em> (video still), 2018. Courtesy the artist and Shabazz Palaces.
Mercer Union

1286 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario


February 09–March 23, 2019


cheyanne turions

Nep Sidhu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with reverberations of form, antiquity, myth and history through contemporary practice, poetics and politics. Sidhu’s first solo exhibition in Toronto, “Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded)”, focuses on his politicized use of textiles to conjure coalition beyond the structures that currently shape civic society, taking the 1984 massacre of Sikh people in India as its foundation. Known as Operation Blue Star, this military event resulted in the death of thousands of Sikh people—a religious minority in India—as well as the deaths of many others. Orchestrated by the Indian government to counter activist movements that sought to address the impoverished economic, social and political conditions of life for Sikh people in India, the raid unfolded at the Harmandir Sahib, a Sikh holy site.


The exhibition also features works produced in dialogue with artists Nicholas Galanin and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, frequent collaborators of Sidhu’s.


Opening Reception: Friday, 8 February 2019, 7 PM