Libby Leshgold Gallery


The Libby Leshgold Gallery is pleased to present everything left unsaid, a solo exhibition of work by Jagdeep Raina and the artist’s first in Vancouver. The featured work spans a period of roughly seven years, during which time Raina’s drawing and painting practice has grown to include embroidered textile work and, most recently, stop-motion animation.


Behind Raina’s image-making is an exploration of the archive, and the teasing out of both its possibilities and limitations. The work refuses to see time and memory as fixed concepts and explores questions about community, materiality, and landscape. Raina has worked with personal, civic, and institutional archives and has parsed through photographic, oral, and written histories in order to create a more complex understanding of communities formed as a result of transnational migration—memories, photographs, and retellings from the past are re-animated and histories transformed into narratives unfurling in the present.


Moving through the exhibition, one can see the artist aptly shift between mediums, employing a range of tools and techniques to examine his subjects from every angle. Formed as a result is a living archive that is unfixed and atemporal. In his research based practice, Raina utilizes the archive in order to explore historical memory. His work seeks to identify the residue left behind by the human touch, and its restorative potential.




Opening Reception: January 12th at 6pm


Online Artist Conversation featuring Jagdeep Raina, Yui Kigimiya, and Ami Yokoyama: January 26th, 2023. Time TBA.


Panel Discussion presented by Rungh Cultural Society: February 9th. Time TBA.


Jagdeep Raina (b.1991) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Guelph, Ontario. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a 2021 Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University. Raina currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.



Canada Council for the Arts


Teaching us to walk from unlearned truths to unlearned truths part 1, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Cooper Cole, Toronto.