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 was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award. He received his BFA from Western University in 2013, his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017. 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 Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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Arora archive

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Arora archive, 2015

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Teamwork

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Teamwork, 2015

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Desi Punjabi Songs for Lovers

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Desi Punjabi Songs for Lovers, 2015

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You reappear again

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You reappear again, 2015

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Club Kali

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Club Kali, 2020

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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

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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

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The curious pause on that broadway day

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The curious pause on that broadway day, 2017

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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

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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

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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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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past

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The terraced streets of Glasgow: driving past, 2016

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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

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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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Factory Grind

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Factory grind, 2016

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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

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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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To stand there and smile

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To stand there and smile, 2016

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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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A tangible expression (Part 2)

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A tangible expression (Part 2), 2017

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A tangible expression (Part 1)

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A tangible expression (Part 1), 2017

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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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I promise

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I promise, 2019

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Everything I wish you had told me

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Everything I wish you had told me, 2019

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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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Jagdeep Raina Phiran

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Phiran, 2019

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Jagdeep Raina Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost, 2019

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