The Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) is delighted to present the second event of its Speaker Series for the 2014-2015 academic year. Join us the evening of Thursday November 27th, 2014 in The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University for a public lecture by artist Anahita Norouzi. Norouzi will examine her artistic practice in order to discuss critical reflections on the relativity of place-identity, which is defined through the concept of ‘insideness’, and the way it transforms through geographical displacement. Norouzi will focus on issues related to the politics of identity, of history, of religion, and of the body. Self-representation is an integral component of her work and serves as a vehicle to reflect on her living experience in a hegemonic political system.
EAHR presents this artist talk in collaboration with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). The evening following Norouzi’s discussion, SAVAC will also be presenting the 10th iteration of its annual experimental film program, Monitor, at Articule artist run centre. More details on this event can be found at: www.savac.net/monitor-10-at-articule .
Anahita Norouzi is an Iranian born, Montreal based artist who graduated from Soureh University in Tehran in 2007 and Concordia University in 2013. Norouzi’s practice engages with a variety of media, primarily photography and video. In her art practice, self-representation is an integral component as she frequently uses self-portraiture as means of engaging with various contemporary social situations. By merging the images and voices of personal experiences with the socio-cultural reflections, her body of work revolves primarily around the idea of questioning the representation of the position one holds as a minority within a socio-political system. Since 2010 she has travelled frequently to Iran to conduct her research and gather material for her work. Norouzi has participated in several group exhibitions, including “MOP CAP Art Prize”, London and Dubai (2013), “POV realities revisited”, Belgium (2012), “14”, Montreal (2011), “Regards Tehran, Virtual or Real”, Tehran (2012), “Baz in Che Shuresh Ast”, Tehran (2011), “New Folder 1”, Tehran (2010), the 10th and 11th Biennial of Iran Photography, Tehran (2006 and 2008).
For the past 20 years, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) has been presenting evocative, critical, challenging and innovative work locally, nationally and internationally. SAVAC showcases work by South Asian artists in a variety of spaces and locations, ranging from the unconventional space of a taxi-cab, to the institutional space of a public museum. SAVAC plays a vital role in the visual arts sector in Canada by advocating for South Asian artists and culturally diverse issues and practices.
This EAHR Speaker Series event is made possible with the support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History at Concordia University.
Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and our faculty advisor, Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim.
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Anahita Norouzi, "Tehran, the Apocalypse", Iran/Canada (2012)