November 2 to December 3, 2017
VERNISSAGE & TOUR WITH THE ARTIST
Thursday, November 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tour begins at 6:00 p.m.
All welcome. Free admission.
In her multimedia installation Behind Walls/Maps, [...] Khadija Baker addresses herself to the experience of the Kurds in Syria. In 1962, many Kurds found themselves deprived of nationality following an exceptional census, along with various rights and privileges: easy access to schools, travel, home ownership, government jobs, and more. Other measures have included bans on the Kurdish language, and the replacement of Kurdish city and village names with new, Arabic designations.
In Behind Walls/Maps, Baker [...] present[s] an image of cultural erasure through geographical markers and a careful selection of media. Arranged across the installation floor are eighty weighted clay spheres, each inscribed with the name of a renamed Kurdish city. Attached to the spheres are fabric strings woven from used garments, which form a criss-crossing network suspended from the ceiling. At the same time, video projections of the renamed cities’ and villages’ new, Arabic names fade in and out on the floor. -Excerpt from the essay by Edwin Janzen
KHADIJA BAKER’s work explores social and political themes related to persecution, displacement, and memory. Her current research combines performance, fibres, sound and video to create intimate, site-specific installation environments, breaching the divide between artist, art and public, and creating active spaces of exchange and storytelling. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has received numerous grants. Since 2013, Baker has been a core member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and is a visiting researcher at Concordia University’s SenseLab. Born in Amoude, Syria, Baker has lived and worked in Montreal since 2001. She holds an MFA from Concordia University (2012). http://www.khadijabaker.info/index.html
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