Mariam Magsi: Jahez | Dowry

XIT-RM Project Space

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibition on view: May 3 - June 17, 2018


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Jahez is a word from the Urdu language that refers to paraphernalia or goods that accompany a bride to her new, marital home. In this series, inherited objects that have migrated with the artist from Pakistan to Canada are used to construct performative photographs which subvert their intended utilitarian function. Mariam Magsi hangs various domestic objects from her head in a balancing act, silently rebelling against cultural and societal expectations.





Mariam Magsi is a Pakistani-Canadian contemporary artist working in photography, performance, video, sound, installation, documentary, poetry and other arts. Magsi holds an MFA from OCAD University in Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design. Magsi's practice focuses on cultural research, intersectional feminism, South Asian diaspora, contemporary Islam, gender, sexuality and migration.

The XIT – RM is a project space showcasing emerging artists in the Mississauga, GTA and 905 regions.




Mariam Magsi Artist Talk | May 12, 1 PM

Following the Curator's Tour of seeping upwards, rupturing the surface, Mariam Magsi will speak about her art practice and exhibition Jahez | Dowry. All are welcome.



Image above: Mariam Magsi, Jahez | Dowry (Black hijab veil, silver table ornament) (detail), 2018, print on Fuji Luster paper, matte finish. Courtesy of the artist.