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chashm-e-bulbul is an exhibition that probes the erasure of Sikh grandmothers’ visibility from historical records and explores methodologies to tell their stories through oral traditions, Punjabi textile, folk embroidery, Phulkari over the passage of time.

Image Credit: Rachel Topham.

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This exhibition was located at 2901 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2K 1E6 View event location on Google Maps

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About the Curator

Raji Aujla

Writer, researcher, curator, Raji Kaur Aujla, is the president of Willendorf Cultural Planning and editor-in-chief of Newest Magazine, sister companies that focus on better representation and inclusion of IBPoC voices in Canadian arts and culture. Over the past 15 years, Aujla has emerged as a leading voice for integrating intersectional feminist theory to cultural placemaking. Aujla studied Visual Culture at the University of Toronto, sits on the boards and committees for Canada’s National Ballet School, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Art Gallery of Ontario, Baaz News Org and writes for the Globe and Mail with bylines in the CBC, Chatelaine, Huffington Post. She is also a Senior Fellow at Massey College and co-founded the aujla + vukets foundation with the aim to mentor and fund IPBoC female-led social impact ideas. 

Photo By: Lauren Leggatt  

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About the Exhibition

Phulkari is the ornately embroidered textiles from pre-colonial Punjab. This exhibition will observe the cultural significance of phulkari, textiles, and its associated oral traditions to probe our grandmother’s missing narratives from predominantly male recorded historical texts. Chashm translates to eyes. Our ancestor’s archive truths that they see and enact as bulbuls, which translates to nightingales, to sing knowledge for future generations. This weaves the thread of the past and future together. The grounding themes of the exhibition include the legacy of erasure of Sikh female bodies of work, and their relationship with Sikh spirituality and the natural world.  

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