Desi’s in the Diaspora: An Exhibit at the Sikh Heritage Museum and National Historic Site

For this juried exhibit we encourage young, Canadian contemporary artists to submit photographic work which reflects upon Canadians of South Asian heritage – now and in the past. Each submitted project can consist of a maximum of five photographs. Photographs submitted to this exhibit should represent the artist’s ideas or perspectives on the diversity of experiences, aesthetics, cultural embodiments, religious symbolism, etc. The word “desi” speaks to the dual nature of identity for Canadian South Asians.

Areas of engagement

Here are some examples of questions which could be of help in creating the project:

  • What does it mean to be a South Asian living in Canada?
  • What facets of society are integral to daily living and where are the intersections?
  • What are the conflicts around identity and how is it mediated?
  • How is personal acceptance often trumped by external forces of stereotypes and racism?
  • Each submitted photographic project must be accompanied with an artist statement of maximum 250 words which narrates the story behind the 5 photographs.

    How to apply

    Submission process:

    Submissions need to be accompanied by: Name (First and last); Title of the submitted project; year project was created; artist statement (max 250 words); 5 photographs (with information of the materials used); short artist bio which includes details of your education, awards and honours, exhibition history, current affiliations and photograph of yourself by using the application form attached to this document. Photographs will be selected by a jury.

    Click here to download application

    Entries must be sent by email or CD to the following address:

    Address: The South Asian Studies Institute
    University of the Fraser Valley
    33844 King Road
    BC, V2S 7M8


    10 artists will be selected for the exhibition and will receive a prize of $100 granted by the Jury.

    Deadline submissions: September 30, 2017

    Artists will be informed about the selection by October 19, 2017


  • All young Canadian photographic artists age 18-30 years (with proof of ID)
  • Medium

  • Photography
  • Other Information

  • All printing and framing will be done by SASI.
  • SASI will curate the exhibit.
  • Work(s) must be original and produced within the last 2 years.
  • To ensure originality and quality, work will NOT be accepted that is a copy of the work of others.
  • By entering the call, the artists gives permission to SASI to use accepted works for publicity and documentary
    purposes, including promotion of the exhibition on their websites.
  • SASI will take the utmost care in handling the works submitted but cannot be responsible for
    loss or damage upon arrival.
  • After the closing of the exhibition, all works will be stored in the SASI archives. With this submission, the artist gives authorization to SASI to be the owner of the printed works. If a work were to be used in future events, the organization will contact the artist before doing so in order to meet the copyright laws.
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