Join us for two weeks in The Ground Floor at Jumblies Theatre and Arts! We have workshops, drop-in art-making sessions, and more planned. The residency runs from June 5th-17th, and culminates in an artist reception on June 17th.
All events at The Ground Floor are free to attend, and snacks and tea will be provided.
Our residency is around the theme of Mannat منّت, a word with Persian and Sanskrit roots that roughly signifies a wish, intention, or hope in the Urdu language. It is a coloured fabric that connects the past to the future. It is a symbolic gesture of exchange that involves tying colourful strips of cloth to trees near sacred places of Sindh.
Mannat grew out of the curiosity of two sisters wanting to learn about the folklore from Karachi and Sindh province in Pakistan. We launched a research project and explored these stories through poetry and sculpture. Through foraged and reclaimed materials, such as pieces from their dadi’s saari, beads from a broken tasbeeh, dried flowers, and shells, we bring to life characters and scenes from these ancestral tales. We embrace memory as our creative medium and use pieces from the past to tell stories of the present.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and of course, the team at Jumblies.