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The SAVAC Archives serve as a digital repository for documentation about the organization’s programming history.

Our archival holdings have served academics, scholars and art writers from around the world interested in the history and politics of SAVAC and Desh Pardesh. As a longstanding artist-run centre with challenging, experimental programming that comprises a range of objects, conditions and issues, the SAVAC Archives encourage fresh approaches to the production of knowledge about diaspora, racialization, political activism and contemporary arts in Canada, among other topics. The digital archive will be completed and fully launched in Fall 2017 – it will include digital exhibitions for all past programming along with a comprehensive guide to our archival holdings. For now, explore programming from 2015-present. To learn more, visit our new research centre at The Commons @ 401 Richmond.

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Big Stories, Little India

Big Stories, Little India Big Stories, Little India is a multidisciplinary art and audio project that is situated in Toronto’s Gerrard Street India Bazaar. Initiated by SAVAC and [murmur], this project engages aspects of...


History The South Asian Visual Arts Centre began to take its current shape in the late 1990s, but its roots lay in the queer activism of the 1980s. Emerging from the art world of Desh Pardesh, a multidisciplinary arts...

Domestic Cinema

We are pleased to co-present “Domestic Cinema” at the Images Festival. Artistic Director Steffanie Ling writes that the ongoing discourse of Domestic Cinema springs from Gabi Dao’s film The Protagonists. Examining the relationships that...

We shape our image and thereafter our image shapes us

By Jacob Korczynski “There is something to confess: your speaker likes to leave a movie theater. Back out on the more or less empty, more or less brightly lit sidewalk (it is invariably at...

Free as in Soul: The Anti-Image Politics of Copyright

This salon will feature Lawrence Liang’s essay “Free as in Soul: The Anti-image Politics of Copyright.”

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