"Too Far, So Close" curated by Hamidreza Jadid
"Too Far, So Close" curated by Hamidreza Jadid and co-presented in partnership with Abdulah S Al-Ghoul "Too Far, So Close" opens July 18 from 5-8 pm. The exhibition will include works by: Sharareh Khosravani, Kambiz Sharif, Amir Kamand, Sheida Soleimani, Violet Modaresi, Adel Bentounsi, Mouneer Al-Shaarani and Hamidreza Jadid.
The concerns of artists from crisis-struck regions are intimately connected with the political upheavals and economic crises of their respective homelands; and they instinctively and inevitably make an effort to express these concerns. In recent years, many such artists have emigrated from their native countries, and have reflected on their political (and politicized) identities, and the presentation of those identities in contexts and spaces that are foreign to them.
This has come about from the Eurocentric art market--a market that functions according to its buyers’ exigencies and a so called “global outlook,” rather than an intention to support, protect, and preserve multiple identities and diverse world views. In the realm of Western Art, such identities that fall “outside the global outlook” are viewed, critiqued, and prosecuted through an isolationist lens. The artists whose work are gathered here tackle the systems of power inside and outside their homelands, both of which render them isolated and "exoticized."
About the Artists:
Sharareh Khosravani is a Cincinnati based artist. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati. The theme of her work is violence and fear based on historical and psychological traumaa. She addresses feminism, violence, and censorship in the form of installation and performance.
Kambiz Sharif is an Iranian artist, who was born in 1978 in Tabriz. He now lives and works in Vancouver. Sharif, having graduating from the Mirak Art School in Tabriz and opening a private studio in Tehran, has used various technical processes and materials throughout his practice, including: wood, clay, model making, bronze and other forms of casting.
Amir Kamand, has been previously featured in three Annual Outsider Art Exhibitions. A former professional skier, Amir Kamand is inspired by pop culture to create colourful sculptures which are currently on display at the Palais de Tokyo as part of the exhibition City Prince/sses, The exhibition is presented as an imaginary, multiple and complex city, without borders, messy, staggering and creative: an unpredictable laboratory, which is always in motion and being (re)constructed.
Violet Modaressi’s work explores the aesthetics of context. She questions the creative force working within and transcending certain moral, religious, or ideological frameworks of revolution and war. She uncovers the nature of this transcendence, how the magnitude of transgressions is so often entrenched in the context of where a person lives or where they are from.
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian American artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. She combines photography with sculpture, collage, and film to highlight her critical perspectives on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences. Soleimani is especially interested in the space where art and activism intersect and how social media shapes political affairs and uprisings across the world. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and publications such as Artforum, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Interview, and more.
Adel Bentounsi, lives and works in Algeria. He attended the School of Fine Arts in Annaba, where he obtained his Artistic Diploma in 2007. He also attended the Dunkerque Institute of Higher Education in 2013. Bentounsi's approach consists of answering existential questions, as well as examining the values of morality as part of an exploration of social norms and behaviours.
Mouneer Al-Shaarani, born in Syria lives in Egypt he is considered one of the most important living Arabic calligraphers of our time. Known for his work in contemporary Arab Calligraphy, Al Shaarani has also become popular for his innovative and scholarly advancements of the traditional calligraphic script. His work reflects the faultlessness attained through pioneering dimensions. In addition to working as a consultant for the International Arab Encyclopedia, Al Shaarani has also published tutorials and articles about Arab calligraphy and Arab Islamic Art.
Hamidreza Jadid’s work addressees his long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and history, exploring elements of Islamic culture and architecture as metaphors to address the central themes of religion and history. Through references to the history of Persian mysticism and its literary tradition, which melds romance and eroticism, Jadid looks to develop a political aesthetic of metaphor as the basis for his reflections on the contemporary situation of Iranian politics and culture.
About our Partner:
Abdulah S Al-Ghoul’s ambition to draw out a new narrative of the Middle East is the ultimate driver behind the founder of marsoum.co. Upon completing his MBA in Vancouver he decided to become more involved in his family business. Abdulah was born into art, as his mother has been an art dealer and collector for over 30 years in his native Jordan. By co-presenting this exhibition Abdulah aims to introduce himself to the local scene and start a conversation with the local audience.
Jason McLean | Walkie Talkie
Brooklyn based Canadian artist, Jason McLean, creates autobiographical imagery, through scavenged objects, and memory mapping. Jason McLean’s diverse art practice includes sculpture, sound works, zines, book works, mixed-media installations, correspondence art, curatorial explorations, puppets, and performance, but he is probably best known for his diaristic mapping and surreal drawings. Inspirations fueling his daily observations are relationships with local and visited environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Grounded in family life as Husband and Father, McLean works by using humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, and economic hardship. This will be McLean's first solo exhibition with BGP.