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Des Pardes exhibition in Abbotsford to live on through community mural loan

Show focuses on history and culture of South Asian Canadian community
This mural was designed by artist Sandeep Johal for the exhibition Des Pardes at The Reach with the artistic contributions of Alka Sharma, Kanta Naik, Jasmeen Bhagirath, Esha Razia, Devyani Bhise and Kiran Toor. (Submitted photo)

The exhibition Des Pardes at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford closes on June 15, but its digital content will remain accessible in a website currently under development.

The digital content includes archival and photographic collections and individual stories.

Des Pardes focuses on the rich history and bold contemporary culture of the local South Asian Canadian community. It captures the histories, personal accounts, and creative talents of more than 100 contributors.

Welcoming visitors to the exhibition is a mural by acclaimed artist Sandeep Johal, created specifically for Des Pardes.

Titled Motherland – Mother Hand, the mural is a collaborative effort that combines design and concept ideas from six South Asian Canadian women from Abbotsford, and captures the historical and contemporary resilience, strength and nurturing spirit of women.

The mural was painted on wood panels and is eight feet high by twelve feet long.

Rather than see Motherland – Mother Hand placed into storage at the end of the exhibition, The Reach is inviting expressions of interest from local organizations that may wish to participate in a long-term display loan.

Eligible institutions include museums, galleries, libraries, educational facilities, and community, cultural and religious centres with a publicly accessible venue. For more information contact The Reach at

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