Individuality: The ‘sunrise’ generation

Photo exhibit explores young South Asian women’s Westernized identity.

Inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary, a distinctive youth photo exhibition titled Individuality will be showcased in Guildford Town Centre from August 1-28, 2016.

The documentary showcasing 100 portraits features the diverse and multi-layered identities of South Asian women growing up in Western society.

More than 100 South Asian women from Surrey between the ages of 13 and 25 belonging to various religious and cultural backgrounds have taken part in this initiative.

The exhibit’s opening ceremony will take place on Aug. 6 from 6-9 p.m at Centre Court.

Collectively, this “sunrise” generation is projected to have a significant impact on Surrey, home to a 100,000-strong South Asian community – the largest in North America.

The Individuality exhibition’s “promo” (24 pieces) can be viewed at Newton Cultural Centre (13530 72 Ave.) Until July 31. The larger, 100-piece exhibition will be viewable at Guildford Town Centre from Aug. 1-28.

The members of coordinating South Asian youth team are Pooja Patel (producer), Gurleen Suri (head photographer and curator), Pavilli Sehijpaul (photo editor and exhibition preparator), Angelica Prasad (photograper and exhibit preparator), Sharan Mangat (marketing and promotions), Suneet Maan (Master of Ceremonies) and ACS board member Marc Pelech (executive producer).

The project was sponsored by the Arts Council of Surrey, the Government of Canada (HRSDC), Guildford Town Centre and Sullivan Heights Secondary School.

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