"This multimedia, multi-background exhibition peaks at identities when they are taken out of their contour and re-framed, destroyed, or exposed. Each artist is conscious of the cultural politics that draw boundaries for persons, and how –or if– these boundaries can be broken."
Michal Cole’s artwork is inspired by emotional and mental materials that have accompanied her throughout her life: pieces of memories, fragments of events, reoccurring sensations and perceptions both personal and global– “a relentless noise”, as she puts it. From within all these emerges the “self” as a continuous arena of decomposing and recomposing, which she expresses through mediums as varied as her ideas.
She will exhibit her new painting series, ‘A Portrait of Self Destruction’, as well as ‘Godspeed You’ photos, embodying her ongoing obsessions with the transience of life and the inevitability of death. In Secret Delight, women wear gimp-style masks in their own homes. The masks seem simultaneously sinister and amusing, empowering and disempowering, suggesting a play of power, sexuality and identity.
Hulya Ucar, born in Denmark of Turkish background, is a conceptual artist living and working in London since 2008. She spent a few years as a schoolteacher in Denmark before becoming a student herself again, receiving her MA in Fine Arts in 2009 and in Cultural Studies in 2012. Her works are to be found in the midst of an area of tension that embodies Muslim migrant women in Western societies. Hulya explores the established Oriental prejudice on Islam, sexuality and gendered shame as well as migrant hybrid cultures. She is always searching to question and depict her cultural identity through her many vantage points.
In this show, she has a lights installation as well as a photography series that inspect her personal battles with shame and female identity.
Takin Aghdashloo is a new media artist living and working in Toronto. Aghdashloo received his BA in New Media from Ryerson University and is currently working as Art Director of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Born in Tehran, Iran, Aghdashloo’s practice is informed by questions of ideology, identity and relationship with power.
His video installation is a commentary on the juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional, where sexually segregated religious guests are entertained by a group of young Iranian break-dancers at a wedding.