Exhibitions

Unmoored: Vancouver's Voyage of the Komagata Maru

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

*Please note, this is a one-wall, mini-exhibition.

In 1914 Vancouver was a burgeoning, multicultural port city and a hub for migrants searching for new opportunities. On the cusp of the Great War, Vancouver waged its own internal battle to determine what type of city it wanted to be. A flashpoint was the arrival of the Komagata Maru – a steamship carrying 376 British Indian passengers who were denied entry into Canada. This modest-sized exhibition – guest curated by Naveen Girn – examines the enduring impact that this dramatic event had on Vancouver. Stories, rare artefacts, images and documents provide new insights into how national policies and racial bias shaped the lives of Komagata Maru passengers and South Asian immigrants. Bringing fresh perspectives and meanings to this significant moment of Vancouver’s history provide opportunities for intercultural dialogue and for re-imagining the future of the city.

Financial support for this exhibition is provided by the Canadian Heritage Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program's Community Anniversaries Grant; the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.

This exhibition is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: www.komagatamaru100.com.

 

 

 

May 22, 2014 / 6:30 PM
Cartographies of Empire: Canada and the Komagata Maru | May 22

Join writer and documentary filmmaker Ali Kazimi from York University and scholar Dr. Renisa Mawani from the University of British Columbia for an evening of dialogue and conversation on the living legacies of the Komagata Maru Episode. Engaging with issues of identity, racism, and history, the panel will investigate questions of Vancouver’s unique role in the Komagata Maru story, narratives of Empire and exclusion, and the potential parallels and echoes of that event that resonate today. Guest Curator Naveen Girn will moderate.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Admission: By General Admission | MOV Members Free
Get Tickets: https://cartographiesofempiremay22.eventbrite.ca

The evening will also feature a screening of clips from Kazimi’s landmark documentary Continuous Journey. This event is part of a series of programs that coincide with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition, Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru.

100 years ago, 376 British Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada. While moored in Burrard Inlet for two months, the passengers were racially discriminated by local and international powers intent on keeping Canada “a white man’s country.” In 2014, this event remains an important marker of our inherited history and a launching point from which to imagine our collective future.

This program is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: www.komagatamaru100.com. Support for this program is provided by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.

July 06, 2014 / 6:00 PM
Passages: Cultural Legacies of the Komagata Maru | July 6

Jazz, poetry and the visual arts meet in this evening of cross-media storytelling. Inspired by the Komagata Maru Episode and other narratives of the South Asian Canadian experience, eight brilliant artists take to the stage to produce a collaborative work.

Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Admission: VIP $50 | General $25 | MOV Members save $7 off General Admission (use promo code movmem before ordering tickets; and please present valid MOV membership card or ID at the door) | Limited wheelchair accessible seating is available, contact Paul Carr at 604 730 5317 to book.
Get Tickets: http://passagesjuly6.eventbrite.ca

The Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet is comprised of four of Canada's most dynamic musicians. Playing the saxophone/flute, tabla, piano, bass and drums, they tell the tale of the Komagata Maru Episode in a musical language that combines classical Indian and jazz forms.

Linking the quartet's pieces will be recitations by three renowned Canadian poets – Phinder Dulai, Renee Saklikar and Priscila Uppal – engaging with narratives of memory and remembrance. Accompanying the poets and the musicians will be projections of historical photographs, and narrative art by renowned Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen, whose giant mural for the Khalsa Heritage Museum in Punjab earned him the nickname 'the Michelangelo of India'.

Space is limited for this intimate, unplugged evening of music, word and image. Stay on for sips, nibbles, and vibrant discussion and engagement with a 100 year old story that has living legacies today.

This event is presented in partnership with the Indian Summer Festival, and is part of a series of programs that coincide with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition, Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru.

100 years ago, 376 British Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada. While moored in Burrard Inlet for two months, the passengers were racially discriminated by local and international powers intent on keeping Canada “a white man’s country.” In 2014, this event remains an important marker of our inherited history and a launching point from which to imagine our collective future.

This program is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: www.komagatamaru100.com. Support for this program is provided by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.

 

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July 23, 2014 / 5:00 PM
OFFSITE: Markers of the Past and Present: A Historical Walking Tour of the Komagata Maru Episode | July 23

Join Guest Curator Naveen Girn and Komagata Maru historian Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar for a walking tour tracing the shores of the Burrard Inlet and through Downtown Vancouver on the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru's departure from Canadian waters. Beginning at the Komagata Maru Memorial at Harbour Green Park, this tour will highlight buildings, spaces, and landscapes that were historically important to the narrative of the Komagata Maru and continue to influence the city today.

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 5:00pm offsite at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map) | Ends approx. 6:30pm outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Admission: General $20 (includes admission voucher to the Museum of Vancouver for a future visit) | MOV Members $14 | Limited space, preregistration recommended | Rain or shine with light exertion, please dress appropriately
Get Tickets: https://july23komagatamaruwalk.eventbrite.ca

This event is part of a series of programs that coincide with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition, Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru.

100 years ago, 376 British Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada. While moored in Burrard Inlet for two months, the passengers were racially discriminated by local and international powers intent on keeping Canada “a white man’s country.” In 2014, this event remains an important marker of our inherited history and a launching point from which to imagine our collective future.

Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar is a writer and poet who has published five novels in Punjabi, four ghazal books in Punjabi and Urdu; and contributed to several anthologies. His translation work includes the novel Atma by A. C. Frazer about the last Sikh war with Britain; as well as numerous Urdu poetry books into English and Punjabi, and vice versa. Mr. Parmar has assisted the Khalsa Diwan Society – Ross Street Gurdwara (KDS) in writing its history, including its struggle to win the right to vote and provide support to the Komagata Maru passengers. As a member of the Komagata Maru Project Scholars’ Focus Group, Mr. Parmar has provided essential guidance and support, as well as assistance with translation and editorial work. 

This program is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: www.komagatamaru100.com. Support for this program is provided by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.

*This walk will be held in rain or shine. The tour begins at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map). Please expect light exertion, and dress comfortably for walking and for the weather.

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