20 x 24 inch inkjet print
Jahez is a word from the Urdu language that refers to paraphernalia that accompanies a bride to her marital home. This series incorporates inherited objects that I have migrated with from Pakistan to Canada into performative photographs. My mother gifted these objects to me and they have travelled a significant distance. Many of these objects are domestic in nature and are perceived to have gendered function and utility. I use inherited veils, tablecloths, tea cosies, jewels, kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery and various other items that hang off my head in a balancing act. Instead of using these objects in their original function, I silently rebel and subvert the cultural and societal expectations that are placed upon me.
Mariam Magsi is a Pakistani-Canadian multidisciplinary artist working in photography, performance, video, sound, installation, documentary, poetry and other arts. Mariam holds an MFA from OCAD University in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design. Her practice focuses on cultural research, intersectional feminism, South Asian diaspora, contemporary Islam, gender, sexuality and migration. Her works have been published in She Does the City, Scene Arabia, CNN Arabia, VICE Canada and her works have been exhibited at galleries around the world, including Pride Photo (Amsterdam), Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Pen+Brush Foundation (NYC). Mariam's works are in several private and public collections in Canada, USA, The Netherlands and more.