Hajra Waheed “Hold Everything Dear” at The Power Plant, Toronto
Hajra Waheed is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. Waheed translates research and observation into works that explore the links between security, surveillance and the covert networks of power that structure our lives, while also addressing the traumas of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence.
Waheed’s most ambitious project to date, “Hold Everything Dear” brings together over 100 small-scale individual works on paper, a series of clay objects, a video installation and kinetic sculpture to form a web of interconnected studies. Moreover, the exhibition’s title makes direct reference to a collection of essays on survival and resistance by British art critic and novelist John Berger. In part inspired by Berger’s texts, the works act as meditations on undefeated despair and the possibilities of radical hope.
Guest Curator: Nabila Abdel Nabi
At The Power Plant, Toronto
until 5 January 2020