Resilience; Redefined!

March 8 – March 14, 2020, 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 8, from 2 pm to 5 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 8 – March 14, 2020, from 9am to 9pm.
Location: Third Floor Hallway, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto.

Participating Artists:
Anahita Akhavan
Bahareh Soltani
Elham Fatapour
Fariba Baghi
Ferida Dilmaghani
Golbahar Hassanabadi
Jamilieh Salek Ostadtaqi
Melika Saeeda
Shabnam Afrand
Shafagh Azhandeh
Shohreh Edalat
Shahrzad Ossouli

Curated by:
Shabnam Afrand

Resilience; Redefined demonstrates an insight into the lives and thought formations by twelve cross-generational Iranian Canadian female artists who have lived through war, trauma, separation, and displacement. Although the medium varies from artist to artist, but what has remained a constant to weave a common bond is an astonishing conflict between their experience of pain in one hand and the desire to amend and navigate through on the other.

Resilience; redefined allows for painful allegorical forms to crowd the frames and point to the far-reaching effects of turmoil, uncertainty and fear, but also in contrast, projects the pliability of the vivacious rays of vitality and rejuvenation to re-stage and enable the brush strokes to draw attention to endurance or even a conditional triumph.

The narration of two voices is clearly interwoven, aiming at a new chapter, and, the art here is unquestionably used as an influence and a response. However, a vessel for permanent peace may or may not ever be acknowledged!