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Mona Saeed Kamal
Brooklyn, NY
Website: monakamal.com
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice stems from my origins that are rooted in the Indian subcontinent and my migratory up bringing - born in Algeria, raised in Canada and currently residing in New York. I engage in video and installation to create multi-media narratives about migration, journeys, and identities. Through questioning religion, conflict and borders I create stories that directly confront my personal experiences and also the lives of people living in the many cultures that I lay claim to. This is done through gathering family stories, historical artefacts, reading contemporary texts and utilizing my own personal experience I continuously weave a story of migration, culture, nationalism and belonging. Within in my installations I construct structures by utilizing materials such as, bricks, plaster, wood and textiles. To complete the puzzle of my story of migration I incorporate objects that originate from the places to which I lay claim into my work. I have used grasses from Northern Ontario, sand from India and old family photographs. The materials and the process used within my work is symbolic to my ongoing attempt to identify my place of belonging. My videos are performative in which I am the main character, I am seen in the video or I am holding the camera while “performing”. These pieces focus on issues dealing with being a woman of colour in the West, nationalism and how we identify ourselves through borders.
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monakamal.com
 

ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION
2010 MFA, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, New York
1998 BFA in Fine Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
1995 BSC, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

RESIDENCIES
2012 Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey
2011 The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Studio LLC, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, New York
2007 Sanskriti Foundation, Kendra, New Delhi, India

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 Journeys, YYZ Gallery, Toronto Canada
2008 I Stand on Guard, York Quay Gallery (Harbourfront Centre), Toronto, Canada
2006 Whole Cloth, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Canada
2002 Foundation, Latham Gallery, Stouffville, Canada
2001 Home, Eye Level Gallery Window Space, Halifax, Canada
1998 Installation of Two Saris, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
Are We Already Gone, Flicker Lab, New York, NY (Curated By Negin Sharifzadeh)
Family Style, Formerly Known as Pocket Utopia, New York, NY (Curated by Julie Torres)
2013
A bomb with a Ribbon Around it, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY (Curated by, Raul Zamudio)
Her Stories: 15 Years of SAWCC, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, Virginia, (Curated by, JaishriAbichandani)
Dislocations, Riverdale Hub, Contact 2013, the Scotiabank Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Curated by, Sevan Injejikian)
1912/2012 Made in Alberta (part four), The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
1912/2012 Made in Alberta (part one), Museum of Contemporary Art - Calgary, Calgary,Canada
2012
Her Stories: 15 Years of SAWCC, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
(Curated by,Jaishri Abichandani)
Lieux de Passage/Passageways, Art Souterrain, Montreal, Quebec (Curated by, Ève De Garies-Lamanque)
2011
Studio LLC Group Exhibition, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY (Curated by,John Moore)
2010
Left, Aicon Gallery, New York, New York (Curated by Christopher Lew)
Parsons MFA Thesis Show, The Kitchen, New York, New York (Curated by, Maggie Clinton)
2009
Gender – Genesis -Genetics, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
Submission, ABC No Rio, New York, NY
Parsons MFA Booth, Pulse Art Fair, New York, New York (Curated by Eva Diaz)
Latitude, Rush Arts, New York, New York (Curated by Nico Wheadon)
2008
Rods & Cones: Seeing From the Back of One’s Head, Abrons Art Center, New York, New York
(Curated by, Radhika Subramaniam)
Open to Interpretation, A.I.R Gallery, New York, New York
2007
Open House, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
On Migration, Aspace Gallery, Toronto, Canada (with Brendan Fernandes)
Embodied Terrain, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, Canada
Sultana’s Dream, Exit Art, New York, NY (Curated by, Jaishri Abichandani)
2006
State of Emergency, Alwan for the Arts, New York, New York (Curated by, Derrick Adams,Arshiya Lokandwala and Uzma Rizvi)
Artist in the Workplace, Toronto Arts Council Foundation sponsor Investors Group, Toronto, Canada
2004 Wrapped in Code, Gallery 1313 and SAVAC, Toronto, Canada (with Farheen Haq)
Electric/Eclectic, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada (Curated by Nika Feldman)
2003
Working Images: Mayworks Festival, Rotunda Gallery-Metro Hall, Toronto, Canada
The Changing Face of South Asian Art, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
2002
Wish, WARC Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi)

VIDEO SCREENINGS
2014
Surveillapocalypse, 5 Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Alwan for the Arts, New York, NY (Curated by Melisa Forstrom Al kadhi)
M.S University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda India (Curated by Bindu Mehra)

PERFORMANCE WORK
2013
Aunties, Uncles, Mummy and Daddy Playing Bridge, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
2004
Guard(Ian) Performance, TAAFI and SAVAC, Toronto, Canada

CURATORIAL PROJECT
2011 Document, ABC No Rio, New York, New York

AWARDS & GRANTS
2009 University Scholarship, The New School
Parsons the New School for Design, Graduate Students Dean Scholarship
2008 PS MT Nunn Scholarship, The New School
Parsons the New School for Design, Graduate Students Dean Scholarship
Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant to Emerging Artists
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2006 Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant to Emerging Artists
Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant to Emerging Artists
2005 Ontario Arts Council Education Projects Grant
2004 Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant to Emerging Artists
Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant to Emerging Artists
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
Ontario Arts Council Artist in Education Grant
REVIEWS
Katherine Toukhy, “A Bomb, With Ribbon Around it”, Jadaliyya ezine, January 20, 2014
Priyanka Sacheti, “Mona Kamal: Tracing Journeys”, Her Blue Print: Art & Ideas for Women
Everywhere, BlogSpot: http://imowblog.blogspot.fr/2013/03/mona-kamal-tracing-journeys.html, March
12, 2013
Emilie Harkin, Pop the Artist (blog) http://poptheartist.com/post/30427046074/profile-mona-kamalartist-
mona-kamal-piece, August 30, 2012
Holland Cotter, “’Her Stories: 15 Years of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective’”, The New
York Times, August 16, 2012
Vandana Kalra, “On Unequal Terms”, The Indian Express.com, Sept 15, 2009
Paola Loriggio, “An Image of Home” Desi Life Magazine, The Toronto Star, Oct 23 2008
Maxwell Hunter, “Tracks: Sultana’s Dream and SAWCC” Brooklyn Rail, Sept 2007
Art in India, “Special Report”, Volume XI, Issue IV, 2007
Toronto Arts Council, Annual Report 2001, page 6
Steve Somerville, “A Family Story”, Stouffville Tribune, Sept 7, 2002, Stouffville, Ontario

CATALOGUE /EXHIBITION TEXTS
Raul Zamudio, A Bomb, With a Ribbon Around it, 2014
Jaishri Abichandani, Her Stories: 15 Years of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, 2012
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Studio LLC exhibition catalogue, 2012
Mona Kamal, Document, ABC No Rio, 2011 (Curatoral essay)
Christopher Lew, Left, SAWCC, 2010
Thomas Lax, Latitude, Rush Arts, New York, 2009
John Wanzel, Journeys, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto, On 2009
Elaine Chang, On Migration, A Space Gallery, Toronto, On. 2007
Derrick Adams, Arshiya Lokhandwala & Uzma Z Rizvi, State of Emergency, SAWCC, NY, NY 2006
Maggie Martineau, Whole Cloth, Hamilton Artists inc publication, Hamilton., Ontario 2006
Rachel James, Wrapped in Code, Gallery 1313 & SAVAC, Toronto, Ontario 2004
Maura Broadhurst, Foundation: New Work by Mona Kamal, Latcham Gallery, Stouville, On. 2002
Corinna Ghazavi, Wish, WARC Gallery, Toronto, On 2002

TALKS
2012 South Asian Women’s Creative Collective slide slam, New York, New York
2011 Document’s Sunday Brunch Series, Curator’s talk, ABC No Rio, New York, New York
2010 Parsons Summer Studio Program, Artist talk and studio visits, New York, New York
2008 Supporting Our Youth, artist talk to LGBT newcomers to Canada, Toronto, Canada
2007 A Space Gallery, artist talk, Toronto, Canada
2006 A Space Gallery members talk, Toronto, Canada
2002 Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Canada
WARC, Toronto, Canada
1998 Anna Leonowens Gallery Halifax, Canada

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND AFFLILIATIONS
2011-present
Adjunct Professor, Parsons the New School for Design, BMCC/CUNY and Adelphi
University
2007 Ontario Arts Council adviser for Arts Education Organizations program
2005 Toronto Arts Council jury member for emerging artists visual arts grant
2005 Ontario Arts Council jury member for emerging artists visual arts grant
 








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