Jagdeep Raina

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Jagdeep Raina (b. 1991, Guelph, Ontario, Canada) has an interdisciplinary practice that spans drawing, textiles, writing, and, more recently, video animation, film and ceramics. In his work, Raina engages with personal and public archives to examine histories of transnational migration by considering them in the context of fluctuating infrastructures of power. Raina’s practice works to conceptually disrupt this fixity and recover heterogeneity. In doing so, the artist reactivates the archive to reveal hierarchies of power that play out across class, gender, caste, race and geography.

Raina is currently a Fellow at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and was previously a Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University, a recipient of the 2020 Sobey Art Award, and a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He received his BFA from Western University in 2013, his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. He has exhibited internationally at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2021); Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2021); Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2021); Textile Museum, Toronto (2021); Soft Opening, London (2020); (Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis (2019); Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); RISD Museum of Art, Providence (2017); Humber Galleries, Toronto (2017); Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown (2017); Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); and Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston (2016). Raina lives and works in Houston, Texas, USA. 

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The Great Divide

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The Great Divide, 2022

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J.R0149

76" X 27"
193.04cm X 68.58cm

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Moon garden punjabi birds

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Moon garden punjabi birds, 2020

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Gorgeous Farmer

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Gorgeous Farmer, 2020

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48.26cm X 40.64cm

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Punjabi pesticide suicides

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Punjabi pesticide suicides, 2022

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15" X 19"
38.1cm X 48.26cm

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These are corpses in the rivers of Punjab

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These are corpses in the rivers of Punjab, 2021

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13" X 24"
33.02cm X 60.96cm

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Let me taste purple silk monsoons in these Bathinda fields

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Let me taste purple silk monsoons in these Bathinda fields, 2020

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45.72cm X 50.8cm

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Chemical cotton hands

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Chemical cotton hands, 2020

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16" X 7"
40.64cm X 17.78cm

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Blood Money

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Blood Money, 2020

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Delicate Grief

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Delicate Grief, 2020

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36.83cm X 12.7cm

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Remember how my grandmother spun her wooden charkha? Remember how she spun your soft, supple cotton into luxurious thread?

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Remember how my grandmother spun her wooden charkha? Remember how she spun your soft, supple cotton into luxurious thread?, 2022

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22" X 24"
55.88cm X 60.96cm

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Spirit in The Village Fields

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Spirit in The Village Fields, 2022

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J.R0243

32.4" X 39"
82.3cm X 99.06cm

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Those old roads

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Those old roads, 2022

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J.R0246

31.4" X 39.4"
79.76cm X 100.08cm

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When i became immortal by the clay stove

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When i became immortal by the clay stove, 2022

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J.R0244

31" X 39.1"
78.74cm X 99.31cm

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Say hello when you see me

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Say hello when you see me, 2022

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J.R0245

31" X 39.1"
78.74cm X 99.31cm

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The only sound left

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The only sound left, 2022

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J.R0247

32" X 39"
81.28cm X 99.06cm

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River Lovers

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River Lovers, 2022

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31.6" X 40"
80.26cm X 101.6cm

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I Will Love You Forever

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I Will Love You Forever, 2022

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73" X 50"
185.42cm X 127cm

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Villages Lives

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Village Lives, 2022

Graphite on paper

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31" X 23.5"
78.74cm X 59.69cm

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Kashmiri Birds

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Kashmiri Birds, 2020

Cotton and silk thread, muslin, natural hand dyed cotton fabric

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14" X 10"
35.56cm X 25.4cm

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Inderjeet, stay with her

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Inderjeet, stay with her, 2020

Cotton and silk thread, muslin, natural hand dyed cotton fabric

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22" X 9"
55.88cm X 22.86cm

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Sickening Winged Eyeliner

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Sickening Winged Eyeliner, 2020

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26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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Khalsa queers

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Khalsa queers, 2021

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30" X 42"
76.2cm X 106.68cm

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Shakila on the broadway

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Shakila on the broadway, 2020

Mixed media on paper and embroidery on silk

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38" X 40"
96.52cm X 101.6cm

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Shushmaji’s record collection at spice radio

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Shushmaji's record collection at spice radio, 2015

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50" X 60"
127cm X 152.4cm

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Arora archive

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Arora archive, 2015

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22" X 30"
55.88cm X 76.2cm

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Teamwork

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Teamwork, 2015

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60" X 44"
152.4cm X 111.76cm

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Desi Punjabi Songs for Lovers

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Desi Punjabi Songs for Lovers, 2015

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60" X 44"
152.4cm X 111.76cm

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You reappear again

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You reappear again, 2015

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50" X 60"
127cm X 152.4cm

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Soft Opening, Piccadilly Circus Station

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Jabeen's face darkened, as whispers of imperialism slipped from her mouth, and then the screen faded to black...where are we going?, 2017

Mixed Media on Paper

44" X 60"
111.76cm X 152.4cm

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Filthy Imperial Glory

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Filthy Imperial Glory, 2021

Andan embroidered tapestry

J.R0066

34" X 18"
86.36cm X 45.72cm

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And I’m standing here in awe, tasting the labour, this hardfelt labour to allow us to see the beauty of your ecological Mississauga-Punjabi baghs humbly grow Part II

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And I’m standing here in awe, tasting the labour, this hardfelt labour to allow us to see the beauty of your ecological Mississauga-Punjabi baghs humbly grow Part II, 2019

Mixed media on paper

26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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Standing in front of you now, one wonders the sheer magnificance and grace in which you pioneered our history

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Standing in front of you now, one wonders the sheer magnificance and grace in which you pioneered our history, 2017

Mixed media on paper

30" X 22"
76.2cm X 55.88cm

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My love letter to the four of you. From slade to southall pulling back the majestic illusion of central London to uncover a corporate spread of oligarchy and loss, and the journey of truth and unconditional love the outskirts can provide

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My love letter to the four of you. From slade to southall pulling back the majestic illusion of central London to uncover a corporate spread of oligarchy and loss, and the journey of truth and unconditional love the outskirts can provide, 2017

Mixed media on paper

26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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Dancing to make room for the truth

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Dancing to make room for the truth, 2017

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19" X 25"
48.26cm X 63.5cm

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past, 2016

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26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past (2)

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past (2), 2016

Mixed media on paper

26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: Jabeen’s home in this moment

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: Jabeen's home in this moment, 2016

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26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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Factory Grind

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Factory grind, 2016

Mixed media

26" X 40"
66.04cm X 101.6cm

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Dear Kala Preet, you heart-wrenchingly poured your heart out for us. From girls on their bikes in 1988 to young youth in 2016, you are still here

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Dear Kala Preet, you heart-wrenchingly poured your heart out for us. From girls on their bikes in 1988 to young youth in 2016, you are still here, 2016

Mixed media on paper

22" X 30"
55.88cm X 76.2cm

Jagdeep Raina

Attentions mates! Why is our paki nationality not an outdated concept?

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Attentions mates! Why is our paki nationality not an outdated concept?, 2017

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55.88cm X 76.2cm

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To stand there and smile

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To stand there and smile, 2016

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22" X 30"
55.88cm X 76.2cm

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The guitar solemnly strung, and life on the Broadway went on

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The guitar solemnly strung, and life on the Broadway went on, 2016

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22" X 30"
55.88cm X 76.2cm

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A tangible expression (Part 2)

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A tangible expression (Part 2), 2017

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19" X 25"
48.26cm X 63.5cm

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A tangible expression (Part 1)

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A tangible expression (Part 1), 2017

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19" X 25"
48.26cm X 63.5cm

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My mother and my chachis beautiful solidarity

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My mother and my chachis beautiful solidarity, 2019

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19" X 10"
48.26cm X 25.4cm

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I promise

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I promise, 2019

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9.5" X 9.5"
24.13cm X 24.13cm

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Everything I wish you had told me

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Everything I wish you had told me, 2019

Mixed media on paper

30" X 66.5"
76.2cm X 168.91cm

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You migrate, we migrate, you displace, we displace

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You migrate, we migrate, you displace, we displace, 2019

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40" X 77.5"
101.6cm X 196.85cm

Jagdeep Raina Phiran

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Phiran, 2019

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20" X 18"
50.8cm X 45.72cm

Jagdeep Raina Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost, 2019

Embroidered tapestry and Punjabi phulkari border on muslin

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45.72cm X 76.2cm