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Vancouver, Canada
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The Museum of Found Objects: Toronto


The Museum of Found Objects is a project initiated by artists Sameer Farooq (Canada) and Mirjam Linschooten (Netherlands/France). In response to the AGO exhibition Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts, The Museum of Found Objects proposes to create an archive of everyday objects fueled by Toronto’s South Asian neighbourhoods. A direct line will be drawn between historic objects and present-day objects, cleverly updating the AGO’s Maharaja exhibition. Toronto-based artist, Sameer Farooq and his Paris, France-based collaborator, Mirjam Linschooten apply the strict methodologies of a museum – collecting, preparing, interpreting and displaying – to a selection of objects collected from neighbourhoods such as Brampton, Mississauga, Scarborough and Milton. The work challenges a museological portrayal of “culture” by introducing non-precious, surprising, and mundane objects into a place of importance.

The Museum of Found Objects was first developed in Istanbul, as a commission from the Turkish Ministry of Culture during the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture. This artists’ book, published in 2011, continues the exhibition’s museological approach, with a collection of catalogue-style photographs, which are accompanied by the humourous and subjective captions that were used in the exhibition. A series of notes, written by Haema Sivanesan, offers insight into the way The Museum of Found Objects critiques and challenges the museum’s authorial role in defining culture, while also reflecting upon ideas about the urban South Asian consumer.

This artists’ book accompanies the project The Museum of Found Objects: Toronto (Maharajah and –) co-presented by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as part of the Toronto Now series at the Young Gallery 5 February – 3 April, 2011.