Jagdeep Raina (b. 1991, Guelph, Ontario, Canada) has an interdisciplinary practice that spans drawing, textiles, writing, and, more recently, video animation, photography and ceramics. In his work, Raina engages with personal and public archives and mines for fissures in representation. The artist notes that, with public archives, fixed notions of identity are mapped onto the materials. By simultaneously examining personal archives around Global South migration and historical memory, and considering them in the context of fluctuating infrastructures, Raina’s practice works to conceptually disrupt this fixity and recover heterogeneity. These more complicated images are visualized in his drawings and textiles. 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 earned 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 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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Born 1991, Guelph, Canada
Lives and works in Guelph, Canada

Education

2017
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, USA

2016
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

2015
Art After India Graduate Seminar, Brown University, Providence, USA

2013
BFA, Western University, London, Canada

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2021
Chase, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (forthcoming)

2020
Disappearing zameen, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, USA (Forthcoming)
Frieze New York, Cooper Cole, New York, USA

2019
I promise, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Daytimers, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
Chase, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

2013
Jagdeep Raina, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018-2021
Vision Exchange, Perspectives from India to Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta [itinerary: Art Museum at the University of Toronto; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Mckenzie Art Gallery, Regina; The
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada]

2020
Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California (Forthcoming)

2019
Cinch, Antenna Works, New Orleans, USA

2018
Futures, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA

2017
Un/Settled, RISD Museum, Providence, USA
Into you: On the Edge, Humber Galleries, Toronto, Canada
Fellows Group Show, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA

2016
Washashore, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, USA
London Summer Intensive, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Don’t call me when you are rich and famous. Call me when you are in the gutter, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, USA
RISD MFA Painting 2016, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA
Sotto, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Canada

2015
Image Landscapes, Gelman Gallery, RISD, Providence, USA
Half Master, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, USA (Curated by Nera Lerner)
Goonj, Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada
A Myriad Marginalia, RISD Museum, Providence, USA

2014
UFO Hunters, Sol Keffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, USA

Awards

2020
Sobey Art Award (longlist), Ontario, Canada
Textile Museum of Canada Emerging Artist Award, Toronto, Canada

2019
Beaconhouse National University: South Asian Canadian Histories Association Residency, Lahore, Pakistan
Wormfarm Institute Fellowship, Reedsberg, USA

2017
Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Nominee
Skoweghan/RISD Matching Fellowship

2016
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Richard Florsheim Visual Arts

2017
Fellowship, Provincetown, USA

2016
International Residencies Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
The London Intensive Residency: Camden Arts Centre & Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2014
Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2012
Advanced Painting Intensive Program, Columbia University, Paris, France

Selected Press and Publications

2020
Cicerone, Joseph. “Jagdeep Raina on the influence and role of textile art in today’s world” Toronto Life, Sept. 14

2019
Ed. Erickson, Ruth. New American Painting. MFA Annual, Issue 141.

2017
Chunara, Nazish. “Interview with Jagdeep Raina.” Venison Magazine. Winter, 2017
Dreskin, Jeanne. “Critics Pick Los Angeles: Jagdeep Raina.” Artforum.com, October
Ed. Sherman, Elisabeth. New American Painting, MFA Annual, Issue 129

2016
Ed. The Power Station of Art and Raqs Media Collective + Sarda, Shveta. “Why Not Ask Again? 11th Shanghai Biennial.”

Collections

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, USA

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