On the occasion of Hajra Waheed’s solo exhibition Hold Everything Dear at The Power Plant, her installation at the Biennial, and Canadian Art’s Fall 2019 issue launch, the artist discusses the evolution of her multidisciplinary practice with The Power Plant’s guest curator Nabila Abdel Nabi and Canadian Art Editor-in-Chief Jayne Wilkinson. The program concludes with a short Q&A period and refreshments from 3–4pm at Boxcar Social, located at Harbourfront Centre.
Image Credit: Hajra Waheed, “Untitled (MAP),” 2016. Photo: Kaveh Nabatian. Courtesy of the artist.
The multidisciplinary practice of Hajra Waheed (born in Calgary, AB, Canada; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada) ranges from interactive installations to collage, video, sound, and sculpture. Amongst other issues, she explores the nexus between security, surveillance, and the covert networks of power that structure lives while also addressing the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, including: 57th Venice Biennale, 2017; 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, 2016.
Jayne Wilkinson (born in Oshawa, ON, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is editor-in-chief at Canadian Art,before which she served as editor/publisher at Prefix Photo, director/curator at Prefix ICA, Toronto and held positions at the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. She contributes art writing and criticism to a variety of print, online, and peer-reviewed publications, and has lectured on topics related to contemporary art and culture, nationally and internationally. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Nabila Abdel Nabi (born in Cairo, Egypt; lives in London, UK) is a London-based art historian and curator. She is currently Curator, International Art at Tate Modern. Previously she was the Associate Curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Prior to this she served as Gallery Manager at The Third Line in Dubai. She earned her M.A. from The Courtauld Institute of Art and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.