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Ahlena Sultana-McGarry

Artist member since 2019

Ahlena Sultana-McGarry is a Pakistani-Canadian cross-disciplinary artist who visually explores diaspora and her own multiracial identity. Working digitally she creates fragmented and organically abstract collages using family archival photographs of her homeland, fabrics, colours, and images of her mother. Through this she seeks to create a visual space occupied by a culturally crossed identity, moving to embody her own racial disembodiment. Her work pursues representation, remembering, and a reclaiming of her multi-ethnic bodily experience.


Q+A

Describe your home in 3 words

Full of plants!

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Learning French, reading, and traveling

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Graham, a gentleman from the Toronto Islands once told me that life is about making art. Creating and being in search of something truly beautiful. Nothing else really matters.

When did you start making art, and why?

I started as a young child, in the mountains painting roses. I suppose they needed more colour!

Select Past Exhibitions
2019

Toronto
NODES

2019

Toronto
Bau-Xi

2019

Toronto
Beyond Borders

2019

Toronto
International Art Collaboration

2019

Toronto
Florence Exhibition TO

2018

Florence
Florence Exhibition FLOR

2017

New York
School of Visual Arts

Toronto
Festival of the Body

Press
2019

https://bau-xi.com/blogs/exhibitions/ocad-emerging-now-selected-works-from-the-ocad-drawing-and-painting-class-of-2019
Emerging Now

2017

https://biodesignchallenge.org/ocad
Bio Design Challenge

2018

https://www.blogto.com/events/frutti-the-fruits-of-our-labour-toronto/
Frutti

Education
2019

OCAD University
Life Studies

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