September 8 - 30, 2017
Sandeep Johal: Rest in Power
Gam Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal. Rest in Power will open on the first evening of Swarm, a two-night event organized by participating artist-run-centres in Vancouver to launch their programming season.
This exhibition features new works from Johal's recent project Rest in Power, a body of work dedicated to twelve women from various cultural backgrounds whose murders have impacted her deeply. Johal stresses the distinction between identifying the women’s passings as murders and not only death, to emphasize the inherent daily threat of violence faced by women across the world. The women featured in Rest in Power suffered domestic abuse, honour killing, and femicide. The title serves to restore their power in the afterlife, and in turn resurrect their memories in peace.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s novel The Selector of Souls serves as a framework for this project. The ten drawings are inspired by the fictional goddess from Baldwin’s novel while the four paintings incorporate two scenes from the novel and show a transformation of sorts.
Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Her practice moves between bold, colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white illustrations, both aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her heritage. Her work has been featured on Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live and Zee TV Canada, as well as in the Spring Issue of Gray Magazine, The Georgia Straight, and The Vancouver Sun. Sandeep recently completed a design for the Front Street Mews Barrier in New Westminster and has created a mural for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival.