On Sunday, July 2nd, we had the pleasure of bringing the Border Crossings project to the Habourfront Centre in conjunction with “Our Home On Native Land” Festival. We had the opportunity of hosting a workshop that encouraged festival goers to share their stories in contribution to the project.

Here’s a reflection from the Community Activator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Sharada Eswar:

As the world builds more and more walls and as societies get more suspicious and afraid of people who don’t look like them and think like them, I believe in the transformative power of the arts, and Border Crossings is my way of reaffirming these beliefs. Through art we hope to challenge ideas, to start a real discussion and not just think we know everything about the other and staying in that comfortable bubble until it bursts eventually.

The hope is to bring the theme to life with the recognition that borders are not just geographic, but also linguistic, religious, racial, sexual, emotional and psychological. The idea is, through Border Crossings create a space to explore the intersecting boundaries where we meet ‘the other,’ to enable the audience to respect and recognize the work and struggle that are a part of many border crossings, as well as appreciate that sometimes the most incredible creativity lies at the edges of things.

Border Crossings travels without a passport, sneaks across boundaries, joins disparate elements together. It’s a peddler’s packsack of the intellect, stuffed with all good things.

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