Views on the 4th

Mark your calendars – SAVAC is launching Views on the 4th – our new speaker series.

The series hosts racialized artists, curators and arts administrators from Toronto who share their views on themes relevant to their work. Elucidating the politics behind art production, these talks highlight SAVAC’s commitment to critically examine contemporary issues and promote research-based artistic practices in the arts. The talks will bring feature community members from different stages in their career – from emerging artists to established curators.

Invited speakers will present on the 4th.  Occurring on the 4th of selected months and held in the new collaborative working space on the 4th floor of 401 Richmond (The Commons), the series stays true to its name. Guest artists will be announced a month before the scheduled talk on our website, quarterly, and social media.


Sameer Farooq

4 April 2017 at 7pm


Suspension of Disbelief

“While journalism reports and fiction reveals, aesthetic journalism does both.” – Alfredo Cramerotti

Visual artist Sameer Farooq will present his views on the topic of art as reporting to inaugurate our new speaker series, Views on the 4th. This theoretical and philosophical discussion will expand on a reoccurring tendency among contemporary artists to employ aesthetic journalism as a strategy of recounting historical, political, and personal events. This form of experimentation in the arts encourages viewers to decipher fact from fiction while also considering intentions of the author/artist. Sameer will meditate on the place of the imagination in reframing truth telling and its visual consequences. This topic is particularly timely as popular discourses are preoccupied with debates around veracity. As facts and fictions are being blent, viewers are asked to consider: who has the privilege of representing the truth, and who has the privilege of receiving it?

Audio recording to be released on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Sameer Farooq completed an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014) and a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2005). His interdisciplinary practice investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. Upcoming projects include an ambitious public installation at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, a residency with Open Studio, Toronto, and an exhibition inaugurating the University of Reno’s new arts centre. He has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Art Gallery of York University, Maquis Projects (Izmir), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Trankat (Tétouan, Morocco), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence), Artellewa (Cairo), and Sanat Limani (Istanbul). Reviews and essays dedicated to his work have been included in C Magazine, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, Hyperallergic, Artnet, The Huffington Post, Canadian Art, and others. Farooq has been awarded several grants from the Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Europe Media Fund, as well the President’s Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design.

South Asian Visual Arts Centre
401 Richmond St W. # 450
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

4 April 2017
6:30pm – Snacks
7:00pm (sharp!) – Talk

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401 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

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