Tangents Launch: Emma Sharpe in Conversation with Jay Pahre and Jagdeep Raina with Jagdeep Raina, Jay Pahre and Deirdre Lee – Canadian Art
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Talks / January 19, 2021

Tangents Launch: Emma Sharpe in Conversation with Jay Pahre and Jagdeep Raina

On January 28, readers across Canada and beyond are invited to enjoy a conversation between Jay Pahre, Jagdeep Raina and Emma Sharpe, beginning with "A Digital Land Acknowledgement" by Deidre Lee
Cover of the Winter 2021 issue of <em>Canadian Art</em>, Cover Image: Anna Torma, <em>Party with Dionysos 2</em> (detail), 2020. Photo: Istvan Zsako. Cover of the Winter 2021 issue of Canadian Art, Cover Image: Anna Torma, Party with Dionysos 2 (detail), 2020. Photo: Istvan Zsako.
Cover of the Winter 2021 issue of <em>Canadian Art</em>, Cover Image: Anna Torma, <em>Party with Dionysos 2</em> (detail), 2020. Photo: Istvan Zsako. Cover of the Winter 2021 issue of Canadian Art, Cover Image: Anna Torma, Party with Dionysos 2 (detail), 2020. Photo: Istvan Zsako.

Join us virtually on January 28 for the launch of our Winter 2021 issue, “Tangents.”

For this issue, we asked artists to tell us stories about their stories—to write about idiosyncratic histories, side interests or obsessions, curiosities and unknowns. Taking our lead from artists and their research, we’re exploring how lateral and divergent thinking can produce ideas that change course, ideas that, however subtly, resonate and shift the direction of a project or practice.

The feature stories in this issue are all written by artists: some detail how the day-to-day aspects of personal life can directly inform a practice; others mine family histories, inherited narratives and obscure archives to find meaning in the present; still others focus on plant and animal life, exploring topics that may seem unrelated but which often lead to surprising parallels in one’s work.

Left: Jay Pahre, <em>Skinwelt</em>, 2020-ongoing. Steel, grass, dimensions variable. Photo: Jay Pahre. Right: Jagdeep Raina, <em>Let me taste purple silk monsoons in these bathinda fields</em> (detail), 2020. Embroidered tapestry, Sainchi Phulkari on muslin, 45.7 x 50.8 cm. Left: Jay Pahre, Skinwelt, 2020-ongoing. Steel, grass, dimensions variable. Photo: Jay Pahre. Right: Jagdeep Raina, Let me taste purple silk monsoons in these bathinda fields (detail), 2020. Embroidered tapestry, Sainchi Phulkari on muslin, 45.7 x 50.8 cm.

LAUNCH: EMMA SHARPE IN CONVERSATION WITH JAY PAHRE AND JAGDEEP RAINA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021

3:30–5 p.m. PST

6:30–8 p.m. EST

7:30–9 p.m. AST

Register Here

“Tangents” Spotlight artists Jay Pahre and Jagdeep Raina will discuss their interdisciplinary practices with writer and Spotlight author Emma Sharpe. Their conversation will explore the convergent processes of research, material practice and creative writing, and touch on the personal, familial and historical stories that surround their respective practices. Special guest, poet and performer Deirdre Lee, will begin the event with “A Digital Land Acknowledgement,” published in the digital Sovereignty Issue released in early December. A Q&A with all speakers will follow the talk.

Canadian Art issue launches are free of charge and open to all. Plus, launch event attendees will gain exclusive access to time-limited subscription savings from Canadian Art. Event registrants will find the offer in their inbox on February 3.

Deirdre Lee is a poet, performer and maker of art, food, medicines and magic. Her work is intertwined with her complicated and sometimes confusing reality as a racialized, neurodivergent woman, and explores her perspectives on identity and healing. Lee lives in Kjipuktuk, in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq and the home of Black arrivants for more than three centuries.

Jay Pahre is a queer and trans settler artist, writer and cultural worker currently based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Weaving between drawing, sculpture and writing, his work queries trans and queer nonhuman ecologies as they intersect with the human. Originally from the midwestern US, Pahre has turned his work back toward the shifting ecologies of the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions. He received his BFA in painting and BA in East Asian studies in 2014, and his MA in East Asian studies from the University of Illinois in 2017. He went on to complete his MFA in visual art at the University of British Columbia in 2020. His work has been exhibited across the US and Canada. He was selected for the 2020 Transgender Studies Chair Fellowship at the University of Victoria, as well as the Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship (2020) and Fred Herzog Award in Visual Art (2019) at the University of British Columbia.

Jagdeep Raina is an artist and emerging writer based in Guelph. Raina holds an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a 2021 RITM fellow at Yale University. Raina has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Camden Arts Centre/Slade School of Fine Art in London, England; and the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design in Lahore, Pakistan.

Emma Sharpe is a writer and editor based between Montreal and Toronto. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and an MA in communication and culture from Ryerson and York Universities, where she received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue her ongoing project Feeled Recordings. She has been a member of the Toronto Art Book Fair steering committee, a teaching and research assistant at Ryerson University, a communications and development associate at Art Metropole, and a curatorial intern at the FOFA Gallery of Concordia University and SOMA’s contemporary art centre in Mexico City. She is the staff copy editor for Blackflash Magazine, an editor of English content at SSENSE, sits on the editorial committee of Phile Magazine and Peripheral Review, and was Canadian Art’s 2019–20 Winter Editorial Resident. Her writing has most recently appeared in C Magazine, Blackflash and Canadian Art.

Canadian Art is grateful for the philanthropic support of our Spotlight Donors: Debra and Barry Campbell, Shanitha Kachan and Gerry Sheff, and Eleanor and Francis Shen. Their generous multi-year investment demonstrates their commitment to the future of emerging writers and artists. Read this issue’s national survey of Spotlight artists here.