The Art Gallery of Mississauga, in a unique collaboration with Toronto Pearson International Airport, is proud to present Holding Pattern, a site-specific mixed media installation by contemporary miniature painter Tazeen Qayyum at the airport’s Terminal 1 departure lounge.
“The AGM is thrilled to collaborate with the Toronto Pearson International Airport on this exhibtion. I am fascinated by the lull of time and suspended animation of airport departure lounges, in particular the potential to find a sense of connection with art when we least expect it. This sense of connection and space for conversation are concepts that the AGM aims to activate with visual art, whether within gallery space or beyond. Our mandate is to bring art to the community and the community to art, and what better space to engage the complex nuances of global community than at the airport?”
In Qayyum’s work, the familiar and iconic airport passenger seat is rendered crimson with floral motif filigree that is interlaced with cockroaches. The beautiful and the undesirable are side by side, each one partially camouflaged by the other. Qayyum views the roach as a stand-in for “others” who are different from ourselves, the “others” upon whom judgement is imposed for their difference.
Designed to enrich travel through Toronto Pearson, the extensive art and exhibitions program contributes to creating a diverse, vibrant and delightful atmosphere. The program features large scale permanent public art by international and Canadian artists, including Richard Serra, Jaume Plensa and Susan Schelle and Mark Gomes. Changing exhibtions are presented in galleries throughout Terminal 1 and showcase local art, culture and heritage in order to create a sense of place.
Location: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Domestic Departures, across from Gate D20