Untitled Contemporary Art: +15 Window
Exhibition: December 8, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6- 7 pm
Followed by drinks at The Palomino (109 7 Ave SW)
Guests of UAS receive a 15% discount on food and drinks.
Language brings with it the sense of belonging and memory; it is what surrounds us in our thoughts, and in our interactions with our loved ones. Here, language is the place of return, the warm fabric of a memory, and the insisting call from a faraway home. But here also, there and everywhere, language is the place of change, an ever shifting ground.
About the artist:
As an Iranian woman artist, moving to Calgary has altered many aspects of my life. As I try to find my place in a society that is far from the religious and political limitation and boundaries of my past life in Tehran, the use of technology and social media has held me strongly tethered to my homeland and past self. Thanks to the Internet, my life in Calgary has become a mixture of distant places and times, rather than a fresh start. The thread that keeps me connected to my hometown lives not only by my memories, but also by the photos and videos that my family send to me frequently, and my close friends’ social media activities. I am continuously going back and forth between places and moments, this gives me the feeling of being suspended between two utterly different worlds; I refer to this sensation as “simultaneity”. It is like I am living in several moments and places at the same time.
In my artistic research process, I constantly raise questions like: How can I envision the sentiment of wavering between two simultaneous realities? How can I express the consequences of being ‘present’ in two separate cultures at once? How can I embody the swings in multiple added layers and fragments of my identity and their relation to place? And how can I address the notion of searching for the perception of belonging, which I am undergoing living and being inbetween?
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Visit Untitled Contemporary Art +15 Window:
Arts Commons (formerly EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts)
+ 15 Walkway
205 8th Avenue SE
Available for viewing during Arts Commons' regular building hours.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
About the +15 Window:
The +15 pedestrian network is a system of above-ground walkways connecting commercial and public buildings in Calgary's downtown core. A series of display windows in the +15 walkway in Arts Commons, located at 205 8 Avenue SE, are used as exhibition spaces by local arts organizations. The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Stride Gallery, Alberta Printmakers, The Marion Nicoll Gallery, The University of Calgary Fine Arts Program, The Alberta Craft Coalition, and Untitled Art Society program these spaces throughout the year. +15 Window exhibitions are in place for a period of two months and are viewable during Arts Commons’ regular building hours.
These exhibition spaces are open to all emerging and pre-emerging artists with an emphasis on showcasing site-specific installations or small bodies of work. The Untitled Contemporary Art +15 Window promotes artistic excellence in emerging contemporary art and emphasizes the increased outreach opportunities of this highly visible space. Receptions are held in conjunction with other artist-run centres with drinks to follow at a local pub. Artist fees are paid for +15 Window exhibitions.