Curated by Bita Pourvash
Located in the Museum Collections Gallery, Cultured Pallets: Aga Khan Museum by Canadian-Iranian artist Soheila Esfahani is comprised of more than 100 shipping pallets. Esfahani transforms these everyday objects, often used as platforms to transport goods and materials, to capture the feeling of in-betweenness — a space where those experiencing migration often find themselves negotiating identities and cultures.
Soheila Esfahani, Jessica Karuhanga and Sheri Nault
Mobeen writes: “of many worlds in this world showcases a selection of works by Soheila Esfahani, Jessica Karuhanga, and Sheri Nault that address issues of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora whilst pushing the limits of what art is and can be. The established and dynamic poetics of the show encourages viewers to respond and/or attend to their local surroundings, personal or national histories, and, most crucially, other people. Given the discursive nature of the subjects, this exhibition does not claim to be comprehensive, but rather acts as a platform for the emergence of a revisionary moment where the audience can engage in intergenerational dialogue and come together to displace the imagined histories that shape our world.”
Pardiss Amerian, Hédi Bouraoui, Gabriel Cohen, Elizabeth Eastman, Judy Garfin, Colwyn Griffith, Adad Hannah, Jamelie Hassan, Robert Hedrick, John Howlin, Norman Laliberté, Wadie El Mahdy, Keiko Minami, George Douglas Pepper, Kathleen Daly Pepper, Mary Hiester Reid, Pierre-Léon Tétreault, Jacques de Tonnancour
The fourteenth instalment of the Community Curator Program approaches the Permanent Collection through an Islamic postcolonial lens. In Search of a Loss of Self explores suppressed and appropriated histories through artists from the Middle East and North Africa and relevant themes such as modernism, orientalism and the infinite. This collaborative research project seeks to unveil and mend the gaps in our collective understanding of these works. In this way, the exhibition becomes a constellation point for the continued (re-)learning of European art history in the West through embodied knowledge and relationality.
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