Applying for Membership:
The Rang Collective is open to folks who want to become members! To submit a Statement of Interest for consideration by the current membership at a later date, please complete the linked Rang Collective 🌈 Membership Application Form.
Some of Our Current Voting Members:
There are currently 13 voting members of the Rang Collective, including:
Asad Kamran is a multi-disciplinary artist from Karachi, Pakistan. He uses his evolving body of work to express and dissect the confusions, contradictions and poetics of a changing world. He has used the portrait as a tool for dialogue between the self and his surroundings. Influenced by his academic background in Architecture and Urban design, he now includes narrative scene and world building, as a socio-political tool in his paintings. Through this he expresses his hidden secret whilst confronting the secrets that articulate our collective world. He has various solo and group shows to his credit, having exhibited his work across Karachi, Lahore, Istanbul, Edinburgh & Montreal. He is also the founder of a community cinema in Karachi, Pakistan by the name of Cinema 73.
Dipti Gupta (she/her) is a teacher and an independent documentary filmmaker. She teaches full time in the department of Cinema-Communication at Dawson College and part time in the Department of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She serves on the board of Teesri Duniya Theatre, Rang Collective and Montreal Serai’s advisory board in Montreal.
Iftekhar Ahmed is a thermal engineer who works to develop environmentally safe packaging solutions for life saving drugs and vaccines. Iftekhar also has an avid interest in South Asian arts and music, particularly in Urdu poetry and literature.
Kanita Ahmed (she/her) lives in Tio’ta:ke/Montreal and in a perpetual state of longing to be whole. She has been active in community organizing based around her interests in South Asian cinema, literature and arts.
Pasha M. Khan
Pasha (he/him) is an Associate Professor and Chair in Urdu Language and Culture at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.
Sharlene Bamboat is a moving image and installation artist based in Tio’ta:ke/Montreal. Her practice often engages with translation, history and music, uncovering sensory and fractured ways of knowing. Her work has screened and exhibited internationally.
Sunita Nigam (she/her, they/them) is a settler academic of mixed Indian, Serbian, Irish, and British ancestry. She grew up on unceded W8benaki territory in the Eastern Townships. She holds a Ph.D. in English from McGill University and completed a 2-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in 2021. Sunita has published on the racial, gender, and class dimensions of performance and culture in Quebec and Mexico, including stand-up comedy, blackface minstrelsy, burlesque, activist theatre, and urban design campaigns. Beyond her academic work, Sunita works as a consultant in the community sector across Quebec.
Zahra Haider is a Pakistani-Canadian writer, community organiser, and comedian who was born in Pakistan and raised between Islamabad, Lahore, and Dubai. Her work surveys topics such as casteism and classism, liminality, otherness, disownment, male supremacist violence, and other traumas that affect South Asian women and femmes everywhere. She studied Anthropology and Gender and Women's studies at York University in Toronto, and is now based in Montréal. Zahra has written for and appeared on VICE News
, Foreign Policy
, and others.
Democracy and Values
The Rang Collective is a non-profit non-hierarchical cooperative organisation that aims to create dialogue and awareness around Social Justice issues for marginalized South Asian and South Asian-adjacent communities, primarily through cultural events, especially in Quebec.
All members of the Rang Collective value and adhere to principles of Social Justice both in the Collective's activities and in the operation of the Collective. We value and practice democracy. Therefore the members of the Collective make decisions primarily via Consensus, endeavouring to leave no member behind. We value and adhere to the principle of non-hierarchy in our rules and in practice. All voting members have an equal say in the running of the Collective.