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Andil Gosine: All the Flowers

January 13, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Andil Gosine moved to Oshawa, from Trinidad, at the age of 14. His formative teen years in the city are revisited in these works, in which he both shares his personal desires and vulnerabilities, and exposes the enduring impact of struggles he and his family experienced.

Told as an “autobiography in flora,” the exhibition is organized chronologically, with works about the prelude to and enduring aftermath of his teenagehood bookending re-imagined archival materials from his experience here. Gosine uses the Ixora flower as a key icon throughout. Indigenous to India and other parts of Asia, the flower was brought by his indentured labour ancestors to Trinidad, where it is now ubiquitous. Through the exhibition, Gosine brings them to Canada as an offering to the place and people of Oshawa, who impacted his life path in complicated ways.

The works ruminate on notions of belonging, exclusion, gender and sexuality that were formative of his character during the period of migration to Oshawa, but which more broadly infuse contemporary Canada.

Andil Gosine’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queens Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art. He is a Professor in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

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20180113 20180318 America/Toronto Andil Gosine: All the Flowers Andil Gosine moved to Oshawa, from Trinidad, at the age of 14. His formative teen years in the city are revisited in these works, in which he both shares his personal desires and vulnerabilities, and exposes the enduring impact of struggles he and his family experienced. Told as an “autobiography in flora,” the exhibition is organized chronologically, with works about the prelude to and enduring aftermath of his teenagehood bookending re-imagined archival materials from his experience here. Gosine uses the Ixora flower as a key icon throughout. Indigenous to India and other parts of Asia, the flower was brought by his indentured labour ancestors to Trinidad, where it is now ubiquitous. Through the exhibition, Gosine brings them to Canada as an offering to the place and people of Oshawa, who impacted his life path in complicated ways. The works ruminate on notions of belonging, exclusion, gender and sexuality that were formative of his character during the period of migration to Oshawa, but which more broadly infuse contemporary Canada. Andil Gosine’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queens Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art. He is a Professor in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Queen Street, Oshawa, ON, Canada The Robert McLaughlin Gallery communications@rmg.on.ca