Aga Khan Museum celebrates the creativity and artistic contributions of immigrants and refugees

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According to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Museum’s Season of Immigration features three exhibitions that showcase the creativity of migrants and the artistic contributions they are making around the world. Accompanied by a global lineup of performing artists and thought leaders, these cutting-edge shows shine a spotlight on extraordinary individuals who use art and culture to overcome adversity, build lives, and enrich their communities in the face of mass displacement, climate change, and economic upheaval.

“In our era of unprecedented global migration, we at the Aga Khan Museum believe we have a duty to challenge narratives that cast immigrants and refugees as a threat to the integrity our communities,” says Henry S. Kim, the Museum’s Director and CEO. “As residents of Canada, we benefit enormously from welcoming newcomers and the perspectives they bring. By seizing opportunity in defiance of adversity, they embody the best of the human spirit.”

The Museum’s Winter/Spring 2020 season reportedly features 51 visual artists, 15 performances, and 10 speakers, representing more than 50 countries worldwide. Many are immigrants or refugees themselves, while others are descendants of recent immigrants.

Bringing forward human stories of immigration and migration is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to promote understanding between communities and cultures.

Highlights of the Museum's Winter/Spring 2020 program include: Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Exhibition (February 25, 2020 - April 13, 2020); Sanctuary Exhibition (March 21, 2020 - August 23, 2020); Chrysalis Exhibition (March 21, 2020 - August 23, 2020); Paradise Garden Exhibition (February 11, 2020 - August 16, 2020); Listening to Each Other 2019/20 Performing Arts season; and Ideas without Borders Education programs offering a multifaceted lens through which one can experience a world without walls.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another.

Source: Asia Plus