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Holding Pattern
Tazeen Qayyum

Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1
Domestic Departures, across from Gate D202013


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.

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.