Maria Qamar And Babneet Lakhesar

Maria Qamar And Babneet Lakhesar

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Shame Shame is a visual artist collaboration between Maria Qamar (@hatecopy) and Babneet Lakhesar (@babbuthepainter). Produced by South Asian bridal brand CTC West (@ctcwest), the show explores the shame that first and second generation youth of the South Asian diaspora encounter when they realize that they want to partake in the arts. Whether the dream is to create, critique or simply experience, this demographic has oft been confronted by a wagging finger, ‘shame shame’.

Babbuthepainter and Hatecopy

Rally (12 Ossington St., Toronto)

Nov 28, 2015 – Dec 1, 2015

Brought to you by CTC West

Curated by Gaurav Sawhney & Giles Monette

Artist Statements:


Indo-Canadian artist, Babneet Lakhesar created the persona of Babbu The Painter as a means of expression and critique. Her artwork is a journey of self-discovery and introspection. Babbus paintings directly respond to her surrounding environment and are further inspired by the people around her. Her work explores the idea of first generation Indians pushing the boundaries within their societal norms, through means of expression such as body adornment, fashion, and their significant other.


Hatecopy’s Instagram account is fast becoming a bookmark for young people from South Asian backgrounds. Her pop art often references Desi Diaspora culture, leverages the dramatic, hyperbolic, maternal and feisty women from Desi soap operas, also known as “aunties” to deliver her message.


launch: november 28, 2015

6pm 8pm: artist panel

moderated by: Anupa Mistry (journalist / @_anupa)


Aneela Q (dj – @yesyesninobrown)

Babneet Lakhesar (visual artist – @babbuthepainter)

Kiran Rai (actor – @kay_ray)

Maria Qamar (visual artist – @hatecopy)

Phone: 416-6184400

Additional Details

Location - Hermann & Audrey


Date And Time

2015-11-28 to


12 Ossington Toronto Ontario, 12 Ossington Toronto Ontario

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