Vancouver visual artist and muralist Sandeep Johal says she’s reclaiming her teenage years by re-imagining her childhood bedroom with images of South Asian role models in a new exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery.
Johal’s exhibit What If? is a loose recreation of the artist’s bedroom when she was growing up in Kelowna, B.C.
It’s bright pink and, instead of influences from western culture, is filled with photos of women she wished she had known about as a teen, like suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh and India’s first female taxi driver Selvi.
“I was really looking for South Asian women who really showed a lot of resilience and perseverance in situations that we would find really oppressive,”
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