Winnipeg Art Gallery: A Summer of Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada at the WAG, May 11 - September 8

From May 11 to September 8, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) presents Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada, Manitoba's first major exhibition celebrating contemporary artists with roots in India. A public opening will be held Saturday, May 11 from 7 to 10 PM.

Featuring 20 leading contemporary artists from India and Canada, the show is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and features works from the collection of the NGC as well as loans from private collections and artists in Canada, Delhi, and Mumbai. Old Kildonan City Councillor Devi Sharma is serving as Honorary Patron for the Winnipeg stop on the national tour.

About the Exhibition:

  • Vision Exchange brings together some of the biggest names in India's rich visual art community alongside leading artists of Indian descent living in Canada.
  • One of the artists is Divya Mehra of Winnipeg, whose body of work addresses the long-term effects of colonization and institutional racism.
  • Vision Exchange highlights over 100 artworks, ranging from video and photography to painting and sculpture, on loan from Delhi and Mumbai and the vast collections of the NGC.
  • Artists address issues of shifting histories and borders; relationships to the land; as well as the complex themes of migration, immigration, and diaspora.
  • Mehra's work is a 457.2 x 457.2 x 457.2 cm inflatable installation, entitled "Afterlife of Colonialism...", ironically placed in the WAG's adjacent historical salon of European paintings.
  • Curated by Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the AGA, and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the NGC, Vision Exchange launched at the AGA in September 2018 and is now on a national tour.

Featured Artists

Ashim Ahluwalia, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Atul Dodiya, Gauri Gill, Tanya Goel, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Divya Mehra, Akbar Padamsee, Jagdeep Raina, Raqs Media Collective, Dayanita Singh, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Vivan Sundaram, Thukral + Tagra, Rajesh Vangad.

Vision Exchange at the WAG:

  • Honorary Exhibition Patron Devi Sharma, Speaker of Council and City Councillor for Old Kildonan Ward, is Winnipeg's first Indo-Canadian councillor.
  • A cultural advisory committee composed of members of Winnipeg's South-Asian community has shaped programming and community outreach activities for the exhibition.
  • Through a partnership with the Seven Oaks School Division, student groups will tour the exhibition daily throughout May and June.
  • Vision Exchange runs at the WAG from May 11 to September 8, 2019.

Related Events:

  • A public opening will be held Saturday, May 11 from 7 to 10 PM. RSVP on Eventbrite.
  • Curator and artist-led tours, as well as drop-in and community tours led by local Indo-Canadians will take place weekly throughout the summer.
  • May 24, a live concert with Bollywood Gharana: a fusion of Bollywood hits and Indian classical music will be presented by the India Association of Manitoba and India Centre for Academic, Business and Community Excellence in the WAG's Muriel Richardson Auditorium.
  • Local restaurants Charisma of India, Clay Oven, and East India Company will cater three FEAST: Dinner & Tour events June 27, July 11, and August 8.
  • July 4 and August 29, East India Company and Charisma of India will also serve delicious Indian dishes at Rooftop Pop-Up Cocktail Indian Fusion Samplers.
  • Wellness@WAG continues June 26 and July 25 with traditional Indian Hatha yoga classes, meditation sessions, talks and workshops with Winnipeg's Dr. Vadi Rajagopal.

A Family Sunday on July 21 will include a rangoli workshop, a scavenger hunt, a yoga session, a turban-tying demonstration by Khalsa Group Winnipeg, and more.


The Winnipeg Art Gallery strives to represent the community at large and encourage dialogue that matters to those who live here and beyond. Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada is a first for Manitoba, and we are pleased to partner with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada to showcase these incredible contemporary artists with roots in India. We thank Councillor Devi Sharma for lending her name to the Winnipeg presentation of Vision Exchange, signalling its importance for our city. This exciting exhibition is part of a larger Gallery effort to celebrate the diversity of cultures throughout the province.

—Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO

The Art Gallery of Alberta is thrilled to be working with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to present Vision Exchange in Manitoba. The exhibition represents several years of collaborative curatorial research, and highlights the strength of the AGA's partnership both with the National Gallery of Canada and museums across Canada. We look forward to sharing the work of these 20 incredible artists with audiences across western Canada as the tour continues.

—Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta

Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada highlights a commitment made by the National Gallery of Canada over the past decade to strengthen its focus on artists working in or from India, as well as the Indian/South Asian diaspora which represents an important demographic in our country. I wish to thank the Art Gallery of Alberta for their remarkable collaboration in conceiving and organizing this exhibition, and to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for sharing it with their audience. Many of the works included in Vision Exchange have also become part of the national collection. As such the messages they impart – especially with respect to non-Western perspectives on topical themes and movements within modern and contemporary art history – will continue to resonate and be shared with the Gallery's diverse publics in the years to come.

—Anne Eschapasse, Acting Co-Director & CEO, National Gallery of Canada

Winnipeg's South Asian community continues to grow, and Vision Exchange is a unique opportunity to come together to share stories and reflect, while also celebrating the art and culture of the land. We invite everyone to take in the host of amazing experiences inspired by Vision Exchange that are happening all summer long in the heart of the city!

—Devi Sharma, Speaker of Council and City Councillor for Old Kildonan Ward, City of Winnipeg

Supported by
Title Sponsor, Richardson GMP, Kish Kapoor & Family; City of Winnipeg Community Incentive Grant Program and City Councillors Brian Mayes, Devi Sharma, Janice Lukes, Vivian Santos, Shawn Nason, Jason Schreyer, Jeff Browaty, Markus Chambers, Ross Eadie, Cindy Gilroy, Sherri Rollins, John Orlikow, Kevin Klein, Matt Allard, and Scott Gillingham; Public Opening Sponsor, ICCHA (the India Canada Cultural & Heritage Association); Supporting Sponsor, Hampton by Hilton, a project by Kothari Group; Media Partners, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CBC Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Indo-Canadian Telegram; and Des Pardes Times; Furniture partner, Hoopers; Donors, Sangeet Bhatia, Drs. Daya & Chander Gupta, Bhandal Law, Carol Bellringer, In Honour of Dev Nath Kapoor, Drs. K. & Ganga Dakshinamurti, Pearl Custom Homes, Darshan & Amarjit Kaila, and Manitoba Building Trades; Restaurant Partners, Charisma of India, Clay Oven, and East India Company; Décor & Design Sponsor, Events by Emma; and Transportation Sponsor, Hollywood Limo Service.

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