In the James Street North Gallery – the dedicated Members’ space
January 6 – Feb 4, 2012
Exhibition Reception: January 6th 7-10pm (Masoud Eskandari will be in attendance 8-10 pm, Roberto Lavidez will be in attendance from 7-8 pm)
Art Crawl open house: Friday, January 13th 7-11pm (Masoud Eskandari will be in attendance 8-10 pm)
Artist talk by Roberto Lavidez – Sunday Jan 15th 1-3pm
Eskandari’s photographs reveal impressions of the city the artist has lived in since his arrival in Canada. Both formal and narrative, the works function as a text, collectively revealing hidden meanings. Born in 1961 in Iran, the artist studied photography and worked as photographer, graphic designer, art director and photography professor and professor adviser at the university level. His work focuses on street photography using mechanical film based cameras ranging from 35mm to 5″x7″ large format and panchromatic black and white film, resulting in full frame prints on silver gelatin paper. Eskandari has mounted solo, two person and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada, most recently at the WAHC in the two person exhibition “Hammering Away” with Jim Chambers, curated by Bryce Kanara.
Artivist Roberto Lavidez is a narrative painter who candidly tackles socio-political issues ranging from the oppressiveness of colonialism to the continuing complicity of corrupted institutions which conceal historical injustices against defeated races in order to preserve the hierarchy of an elitist society. Lavidez’s ouvre criticizes the slavish concept of Western modern art that serves as a tool for tampering truth with illusions of aesthetic beauty and pretentious experimentations that alienate humanity. His aim is to reclaim the silenced voice of the damned by exposing the ‘brushstrokes’ of deception and scratching the surface of untold stories. Lavidez was born and educated in the Philippines. He teaches art to reflect on history and writes poetry with the same intent of unravelling outlines of truth behind layers of shameless depictions of reality.
This exhibition is made possible through the sponsorship of Doreen McGahey and the support of the OAC Exhibition Assistance Program.