EXHIBITION – TRANSFORMATIONS
September – December 2016
Ismaili Centre, Toronto – Exhibition Hall
Curated by Zulfikar Hirji, Transformations presents the work of four Canadian artists of Muslim background, Ali Kazimi, Faisal Anwar, Jamelie Hassan, and Fareena Chanda. The artists use a range of contemporary artistic tools including 3D stereoscopic video, social media, neon, optical lenses and industrial design to explore the inner life and its external expressions. Their works also make reference to Islam’s diverse esoteric visual and literary cultures.
Light Upon Light
November 1-November 28
In this exhibition, artworks presented involve the use of neon or highly reflective materials in tandem with Arabic language. In one series, the artist photographically reproduces with the pages of an Arabic and Ottoman manuscript in which she overlays red neon with an Arabic letter or symbol. The use of red neon references the different source of light (& heat) of our times compared to the lamp or candle being the source of light at the time this manuscript was first written. The markings of the lamp are visible in the top centre of the pages which was caused by the reader holding the manuscript too close to the lamp.