An exhibition by members of the Red Head Gallery
September 11- October 23, 2016
Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Rd.
Inside/Outside is the exploration of the essence of a “box”. Boxes define boundaries; boundaries that can either be physical or conceptual. It acts as a depository for dreams, mementos, or fears. The shape and its function (container/contained) are archetypal. This structure becomes the perfect metaphor for understanding our personal relationships with the “other” that surrounds us. In order to consolidate ideas and still retain creative freedom, the collective has chosen two premises from which to work: all work will be presented in white boxes and the box will form an integral part of the work. Each artist has interpreted these basic concepts as they understand them within their own practices.
September 16- November 13, 2016
Durham Art Gallery
251 George St E, Durham, ON
Soheila Esfahani’s work touches on her experience growing up in Iran , and her later experience living in Canada . In her exhibition she addresses the tensions that emerge from trying to integrate one culture within another. Part of Esfahani’s show focuses specifically on poetry as the pinnacle of difficult translation. Working with texts by Nokyoung Xayasane, an emerging Canadian poet, Esfahani filters them through software to create deliberately quirky renditions of the originals. From English to Farsi to Google to automated calligraphy, much is altered. The resulting printouts are a hybrid between images and text.
Homi Bhabba defined the Third Space as a position that is occupied by individuals who have left one place but are not yet completely at home in another. Esfahani approaches this challenge of inter-cultural experience as an artistic inspiration.
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Soheila would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of her artistic practice.