Ananna Rafa | After Mughal Miniatures

Reading Room 2 - 16 October 2021 
Reading Room

Ryerson's Maximum Exposure Winner 2021


Exhibition Dates: October 2 – 16, 2021 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 1 – 5pm


To book your visit, or to attend the opening, please visit here


Stephen Bulger Gallery is proud to host our annual exhibition of work judged Best of Show for a Third Year student at Ryerson University’s end of year exhibition.


“Borrowing from  16th and 17th century Mughal Miniature paintings, “After Mughal Miniatures“ retraces Rafa's cultural history through performative acts of storytelling,  traditional attire, festivals and rituals found both in Bengali and Mughal cultures. Engaging three generations of Bengali women, this series is also an attempt to speak to the syncretic nature of cultural identity and religion.” 

The series references paintings from the 16th century Mughal Era such as Woman in Dhaka Clad in Fine Bengali Muslin (1789) by Francesco Renaldi, as well as both Islamic and Hindu influenced miniatures from the Indian subcontinent.


About the Artist: Ananna Rafa is a photographer and painter, based in Toronto, Canada. Her work oscillates between places, memories, and identity.