Opening Reception: January 26, 6 PM – 7PM
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?