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WAG Visual Elements 62 Jurors: Asma Khanani

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Asma Khanani 

Asma Khanani is a member of the Woodstock Art Gallery and a local artist. Her family were amongst the diaspora that settled in Southern Ontario as a result of the expulsion of minorities from East Africa in 1972. Her work as a metalsmith has been largely inspired by the consequences of this event, exploring symbols, patterns and storytelling. A graduate of OCAD, Asma’s work has travelled across Canada and has been a part of several exhibitions and venues over the years. She is a professor at the School of Design at George Brown College and teaches at the intersection of design and culture.

Juror’s Choice Award: Annette Martin, Muskoka Times

Juror’s Statement:

“It was inevitable that many of the submissions were created in light of recent global events: the pandemic, political and racialized tensions, environmental issues and forced isolation.

There was an obvious need to communicate and connect, despite overwhelming current events and disconnection from daily life. I found that, a remarkable achievement, given this challenging time in our history and consider it a privilege to have been part of the jury this year during an unprecedented annual exhibition.

That being said, many of the pieces submitted focused on positive feelings of hope, fond memories, empathy and self-reflection, perhaps as a reaction to these complex issues. So often as artists, we tend to create art from the pain of loss, regret, and hopelessness. The resiliency of the artists that submitted is encouraging and inspiring, as is their work.”

Display of silver jewellery

Asma Khanani, Crescent Series, Silver.

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