Founders

 

girnNaveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and award winning curator whose practice centers on fostering intergenerational and intercultural dialogue in Metro Vancouver. Naveen has worked on exhibitions for: the Museum of Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Museum, New Westminster Museum and Archives, Centre A Asian Art Gallery, and Royal BC Museum. He was Project Manager for the multi-institutional 1914-2014: Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies, and Echoes centennial commemoration and he curated Simon Fraser University’s definitive online exhibition for the Komagata Maru Episode.  Naveen works to curate exhibitions and public programs that provide marginalized voices a space to be heard. 


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Anne Murphy (Ph.D. Columbia) is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC and in 2016-7 a Wall Scholar with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Her current research explores modern Punjabi language advocacy and cultural production in India, Pakistan, and beyond, and the early modern history of Punjabi as a language (see: http://asia.ubc.ca/persons/anne-murphy/). Previous research resulted in a monograph, The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in Sikh Tradition (Oxford, 2012), which explored Sikh memory and historical consciousness, and a thematically related edited volume entitled Time, History, and the Religious Imaginary in South Asia (Routledge, 2011). Dr. Murphy has built an extensive program of public engagement and community-based learning in the Punjabi Studies program at UBC; results of her class-based oral history program and her related research initiatives are available online at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/punjabisikhstudies.


raghupictureRaghavendra Rao K.V
graduated from Ken School of Art in Bangalore, India in 1990. He has taken part in several residencies including: Còmhla – International Artists’ Workshop, Scotland, PARTage – International Artists’ workshop in Mauritius, and ‘Ten Years Ten Artists’ – Residency and group show at Gasteatelier Krone, Switzerland. In 2014, his paintings were exhibited in the curated show ‘Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru’ at Surrey Art Gallery, BC. Prior to coming to Canada he was a core faculty member for fourteen years at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, one of India’s leading Art and Design institutes.

1454716526577-rendition-smallMilan Singh (Ph.D., Communication Studies) works at Simon Fraser University, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities. Her research areas include the bombing of Air India Flight 182, South Asian Canadian history, and media representations of race and gender. Milan was a lead researcher on SFU’s Komagata Maru Journey digital archive project, and has presented her research on the Air India tragedy and the Komagata Maru at over a dozen academic conferences. She has spoken on several community panels, and has also co-curated events and consulted on projects related to these topics.


psinghPaneet Singh
is a writer/director for film and theatre, and is currently an Instructor in the Theatre Department at Arts Umbrella. From 2009 to 2012, Paneet served as the Artistic Director for the annual variety show, Nihaal. In 2015, he co-organized multiple events focused around Sikh and South Asian history, including the Mewa Singh Centennial Commemoration, and the Sant Teja Singh Sikh History Tour. In 2016, he wrote and directed the site-specific stageplay, The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson staged at the Vancouver Art Gallery.