Painting, Booth 419
Aadila Munshi grew up in South Africa during a turbulent socio-political period. She studied painting with a local artist in her small town, wrote calligraphy as a favourite pastime, and became a Criminologist. She moved to Toronto permanently in 2000 and established her painting practice. Relocating third world sensibilities to the first world strongly informs her work. She is inspired by urban decay, street art and graffiti as powerful voices for social justice, as well as beautiful art forms. She includes text, calligraphic forms and urban textures in her work. Rendered intuitively, her abstract expressions emerge as visual representations of her perception of the push and pull between struggle, hope and the ability to rise above.