Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

7 years ago my ex-husband died of a heroin overdose. I had sponsored him as a landed immigrant to come to Canada in 1994.  For the entire 10 years he was in Canada, he worked at the same car wash in Vancouver nearly every day. I remember him coming to meet me after his first day of work, huge grin on his face and his hand full of $20 bills. He had never seen that kind of money before in his life.

Before he passed away in hospital (and thereafter), his family were not given visas from the Canadian government to come to Canada from Nepal to see him one last time, nor to attend his funeral, nor to retrieve his remains.

When Udaya was a young man in Nepal he was arrested and tortured by the police for days.


About workequalsworthequalsinnocence

Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, my interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. I am specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, my practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. In 2008, I completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). My work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University.
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