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Madhu Kumar: The Stories of Immigrant Women
November 1 - November 25Free
Mistasinihk Place Gallery, La Ronge
When anyone moves to a new country there are challenges. This is especially true for women. There are many challenges, such as living in a very different environment and culture, being away from family and friends, and so on. Madhu Kumar has captured the experiences of newcomer women on canvas. She started by contacting women through the Immigrant Women Centre in Regina, then went to their homes to record their joys and problems. She heard many stories of loneliness, emptiness, and sadness.
The women she has painted are bright, and hardworking. They were going through rough times as they tried to settle into their new lives. The paintings show what it feels like to be alone, frustrated, sad, empty, confused, lost amidst strangers and new friends. The paintings help promote dialogue about being new to Canada. Madhu Kumar offers a glimpse into the life of an immigrant woman during this challenging time. Some show despair; others are more hopeful; while some are more settled.
Storytelling is the core of her work, but is also universally important. Human beings need to be seen and heard. Art is a vehicle through which Madhu Kumar is empowering these women.