Par Nair

About the Artist

Par Nair is an Indian born maker who lives and works in Toronto. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design from OCADU. Her oil paintings, digital collages and performative film work focus on dual identities, hybrid cultures, and fragmented realities of migrant/settler journeys. Par is the recipient of Propeller Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award (2020) and Project 31 Drawing and Painting Award (2020). Her performative film work, “a memory” was screened at the SU Spring Festival in 2021.

Mediums: Oil painting, performative film, digital collage, photography

Artist Statement

"My art-based research relies on treating life experience as multiple, new knowledge creation and the importance of storytelling through the acknowledgment of ancestral knowledges. Using digital collage and film that mix realities I attempt to tell stories about ritual, hair braiding, symmetry, pattern and discipline. Stories about mothers and grandmothers, about monsters, about memory, about loss and longing. By othering the viewer, my work is a play on expectations and translations of racialized and migrant bodies. It recognizes the effects of assimilation and loss of culture within an immigrant experience and centers the body as a fragmented and hybrid archive of dualities. It calls for safe spaces of communal healing while creating avenues for new narratives and excluded voices to be realized. It makes note of oppressive structures and attempts to undo colonial damage.The eventual loss and longing felt by migrant bodies become the overarching themes, focal point and love language of my research and art practice."

Education

2022 (ongoing): MFA Art, Media, Design, OCADU, Toronto, ON.

2020: BFA Drawing and Painting (with distinction), OCADU, Toronto, ON.

2015: Fine Art Advanced Diploma (with honours), Georgian College, Barrie, ON.

2012: Arts Fundamentals, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, ON.

2008: BA(honours) 3D Animation, 2008 University of Wales, Chennai.

Awards

2020: Emerging Artist Award, Propeller Gallery, Toronto.

2020: Project 31 - Drawing and Painting Award, OCADU, Toronto.

2015: Excellence in Studio Award, Georgian College, Barrie.

2015: Barrie Arts Club Scholarship, Georgian College, Barrie.

2014: William Moore Award, Georgian College, Barrie.

2014: Barrie Arts Club Scholarship, Georgian College, Barrie.

2013: Peer Print making Award, Georgian College, Barrie.

Exhibitions

2021: Members Pop Up Show, Propeller Art Gallery -Upcoming-

2021: Spring SU Festival, online show.

2021: Salon 15, Propeller Gallery, online show.

2021: Sanitized Activity, Propeller Gallery, online show.

2020: BFA Thesis Exhibition, Social Distance Gallery, online.

2020: Summer 2020 Exhibition, Gradcurate, online show.

2020: Grad Ex 105, Propeller Gallery, online show.

2020: Painting the other, Isolation x Creation​, online show.

2020: Class of 2020, Gathered Gallery, online show.

2020: Festival of the Body (juried), OCADU, Toronto.

2020: ArtProm (Fundraiser), OCADU, Toronto.

2019: Off the hook silent art auction, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie.

2019: Archiving Deconstructed Identities, group show, Ada Slaight.

2019: [Click here to edit], group show, Learning Zone OCADU, Toronto.

Artworks

101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm

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101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm

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109.2 x 91.4 x 2.5 cm

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101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm

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91.4 x 121.9 x 5 cm

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101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm

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