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A Paradigm of Fusion
Tomoyo Ihaya (Vancouver)
Shyra De Souza (Calgary)

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Oct. 26 – Nov. 25, 2017
Vernissage: Thursday, Oct. 26 – 5 pm

At the MAI (Montréal arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., # 103, Montréal
INFORMATION: 514 982-1812

Free Admission


Expressions of exile, protest, and compassionate witnessing dialogue with a sculptural assemblage that queries our relation to mass-produced material culture in this poignant two-person exhibition. A Paradigm of Fusion showcases recent works of Tomoyo Ihaya (Vancouver) and Shyra De Souza (Calgary).


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Eyes Water Fire

Tomoyo Ihaya’s Eyes Water Fire, comprises videos, mixed-media installation and small-and large-scale drawings that record the artist’s longstanding engagement with the lives and struggles of Tibetan refugees in northern India.

Ihaya’s mixed-media installation expands her art-making beyond the fixed dimensions of the prints and drawings with which she has long been identified. Eyes Water Fire utilizes layering and repetition to suggest the complexity of the narratives she is trying to convey while also allowing the possibility of folding new ideas and experiences into each site-specific iteration.

Tomoyo Ihaya
Originally from Japan, and now based in Vancouver, Ihaya holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta. She has returned to India more than a dozen times since 2005, establishing close friendships with members of exiled Tibetan communities.

“Ihaya’s simple yet powerful depictions of candlelight processions, three-stranded rivers, blue lotuses, white yaks, green trees— and portraits of Tibetan Buddhists who have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation of their land and repression of their culture.”
— GEORGIA STRAIGHT


Bliss Points

Bliss Points, by interdisciplinary artist Shyra De Souza is a vertebrate-like span of reworked and melded second-hand objects that bring viewers face to face with De Souza’s strategy of “mimetic exacerbation”.

Shyra De Souza
Currently based in Calgary, De Souza has screened and presented her work in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016 Oboro (Montreal) commissioned and presented her Vestigial Manoeuvres, a room-sized installation composed entirely of objects found in local thrift shops. De Souza’s work encompasses a broad set of skills and materials, often resulting in various forms of animated film, installation, and sculpture. Additionally, photography, drawing, and collage are often used in the process of researching various projects and ideas

“A touch of the macabre with some backbone will be on display (…) Shyra De Souza’s mesmerizing installation (…) Phantom Limb resembles a mythical skeleton, yet is made out of re-configured thrift store finds included trinkets, ceramics and various knickknacks.”
– WESTERN WHEEL


Guided Tour
Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 pm

In accompaniment to the vernissage, we will offer a guided tour by Mariza Rosales Argonza (in French) and by Christine Palmiéri (in English).


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Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12AM – 6PM
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., Montreal

www.m-a-i.qc.ca
http://bit.ly/2gt4LEP
http://tomoyoihaya.blogspot.ca/
http://www.shyradesouza.com/

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For images and more information, contact:
Christine Roy, 514-982-1812, ext. 227, comm@m-a-i.qc.ca