Discussion with the artists on Sunday, April 15th 1-3 pm FREE event, Everyone Welcome!
Panel Discussion: Sunday, April 15 1 – 3 pm
Past Forward | Present TENSE looks at the work of three contemporary artists who explore cultural translation within the context of Western society.
The discussion with artists Soheila K. Esfahani, Fatima Garzan, Farhang Jalali is moderated by Jamelie Hassan with an introduction by curator Michelle Salter.
Soheila K. Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was a semi-finalist for the 2004 New Canadian Painting Competition through RBC Investments and the Canadian Art Foundation. Esfahani’s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. She works from her studio at Kitchener’s artist–run centre, Globe Studios.
Fatima Garzan was born in Tehran, Iran. She has a B.A. in Economics from the National University of Iran and studied Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, where she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in painting and printmaking in 2005. Garzan has exhibited in Canada and Iran. She is a founding member of the BOX Art Show, an exhibition showcasing visual artists in the Region of Waterloo. Her works are included in the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Kitchener, the University of Waterloo Prints Archive and private collections.
Farhang Jalali was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1966. In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq War, he fled Iran to Pakistan, where he worked as a graphic designer, and then to Canada in 1993, settling in London, Ontario. From 1997 to 2000, he attended Fanshawe College, where he received a diploma in Fine Art. In addition to being an active participant in London’s art community, he has shown his work throughout Ontario, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, BC.
Jamelie Hassan is a multi media artist based in London, ON. Her work indicates her abiding interest in cultural history and the issues of exclusion, human rights, and justice. Hassan has received numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts in 2001.
Curator Michelle Salter is an artist and curator living and working in Stratford, ON. She is interested in how we develop connections to culture, how society develops stereotypes, and how we memorialize ourselves.
This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts.
Hamilton Artists Inc. acknowledges the ongoing support of the City of Hamilton and the City of Hamilton Future Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Canada Program, Carl and Kate Turkstra, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Hamilton Community Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Alexanian Flooring.