Portfolio Review – Sameer Farooq

18 June 2015, 6 - 8pm
SAVAC 401 Richmond St W.

We invite SAVAC members to participate in a portfolio review session, facilitated by artist Sameer Farooq, and SAVAC Artistic Director, Sharlene Bamboat. 

Our members’ portfolio review happens twice a year, and It’s a great opportunity to meet other artists from the SAVAC community in a relaxed, supportive environment. Participating artists will receive advice, feedback, and suggestions from artist facilitators who are experienced in navigating some of the challenges of being an artist today.

Geared to emerging and established artists alike, this event aims to catalyze an open discussion on areas of interest to individual artists, including feedback on past/future projects, suggestions for how to connect with audiences, and recommendations for trajectories to explore.

How to Participate

Four selected SAVAC member artists  will have the opportunity to present their work during the portfolio review session. The facilitators will engage with the artists, ask questions and give specific feedback on the work presented. All SAVAC members are welcome to attend as spectators. To attend as a spectator, email info@www.savac.net with the subject line “Portfolio Review Spectator”

Dinner will be served. Childcare will be provided with 48 hours notice and the building is fully accessible.

How to Submit

Portfolios will be selected on a first-come first-served basis, so submit early!

  1. Include the materials below in a single folder, labelled, YOUR NAME_PORTFOLIO REVIEW.
  2. Compress/zip the folder.
  3. Email the folder to info@savac.net, with the subject line “Portfolio Review”.

Submission Deadline: 10 June 2015

Please include the following with your submission:

  • Title and dimensions of work(s), and year of production
  • Artist statement (300 words max)
  • Brief biography of the artist (200 words max)
  • Artist CV (optional)
  • Up to 10 digital images (best resolution possible, jpeg or tiff) or up to 5 minutes of moving image / sound work

Please contact us in case of any special physical portfolio submission requests.

Sameer Farooq’s interdisciplinary practice aims to create community-based models of participation and knowledge production in order to re-imagine a material record of the present. He investigates tactics of representation and enlist the tools of installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. The result is often a collaborative work which counterbalances how dominant institutions speak about our lives: a counter-archive, new additions to a museum collection, or a buried history made visible.

His work has been exhibited in various countries, including: Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. Recent projects include Faux Guide (Trankat, Morocco), Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (Artellewa, Egypt), The Museum of Found Objects Toronto (AGO &  SAVAC, Canada), The Museum of Found Objects Istanbul (Turkish Ministry of Culture, Turkey), as well as the award winning documentary The Silk Road of Pop (2013) as director with the film collective Smoke Signal Projects.

Sharlene Bamboat is a Toronto-based, mixed-media artist. Shaped by a queer framework, her work calls into question narratives citizenship and nation building. Through a re-examination of history, Bamboat elicits tongue-in-cheek performative videos and installations to question our contemporary moment marked by colonialism and neoliberalism. Bamboat regularly works in collaboration with artists and academics. Her most regular collaborative partner is artist Alexis Mitchell, and together they form Bambitchell.  Bamboat’s work has been exhibited internationally. She is on the programming committee of the Pleasure Dome Film & Video Collective, sits on the board of VTape, and is the Artistic Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre).


Suite 450
401 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

1 (416) 542-1661

Office Closed
Monday – Thursday
by appointment only


Stay up to date about upcoming submission deadlines, workshops,
exhibitions, and events at SAVAC.