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Jagdeep Raina’s research-based practice is rooted in ideas of historical memory. Often using the frame of the archive, Raina considers the fluidity of history as a narrative to be broken apart, dispersed, and reassembled. Through the language of visual art and writing, Raina aims to derive meaning from the past and reveal life’s expansion—or extension—away from mainstream narratives. In this grouping, two large works on paper, embroidery, and a short film, unpack a particular moment in Indian history.

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Sickening Winged Eyeliner, 2020

mixed media on paper
Courtesy Cooper Cole, Toronto.
Dream Baby Dream, 2020

cotton and silk thread, muslin, natural hand-dyed cotton
Courtesy Cooper Cole, Toronto.
I’m standing here in awe, tasting the labour, this hardfelt labour to allow us to see the beauty of your ecological Mississauga-Punjabi baghs humbly grow Part II, 2019

mixed media on paper
Courtesy Cooper Cole, Toronto.

JAGDEEP RAINA