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 / past / 2013-2014 / SAYEH SARFARAZ: LET'S PLAY AGAIN?


May 17 - July 5, 2014

Artist: Sayeh Sarfaraz

Curator: Vicky Chainey Gagnon

Opening Reception: Saturday May 17, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

As part of the Carte Blanche exhibition series, Sayeh Sarfaraz presents a new site-specific installation and video work combining childlike imagery with violent elements that alter children’s games and create a world where toys take the shape of prisoners and dictators. Born in Iran, and now based in Montréal, Sarfaraz’s installation-based works are inspired by political events and address notions of conflict, censorship, and the repression of the people of Iran. She explores the theme of a child's world while expressing the sense of betrayal felt by the Iranian people towards the leaders of the Islamic regime.

Artist Biography: Born in Shiraz, Iran, Sayeh Sarfaraz is a visual artist, currently based in Montréal. Sarfaraz’ work was activated by the tumultuous political events in her home country. She investigates reoccurring anxieties of conflict, repression and censorship through the childlike coding system of a plastic toy collection. By staging the figurines in specific patterns, she links her exile and violent situations to the power struggles of Iran and the people’s desire for freedom. Sarfraz has studied in Shiraz, Iran, as well as the ESAD Strasbourg, France, where she obtained a Diplôme national d'arts plastiques (equivalent BFA) and a Diplôme national supérieur d'expression plastique (equivalent MFA). She has participated in group exhibitions in Berlin (2013), at Les Territoires in Montréal (2012) and at Flux Factory, New York (2011). Recent solo exhibitions of Sarfaraz’ work include Fox&Friends, Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague, Carleton-Sur-Mer (2013), Étrange dictature, le MAI, Montréal (2013) and Mémoire d'éléphant, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montréal, Canada (2012). Her work is included in the collections of Giverny Capital, as well as several private collections.

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and financially supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Press release

Exhibition pamphlet