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Contact 2011: Figure and Ground @ Queen Gallery

04-06-2011 01:43 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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This month, Queen Gallery will explore issues of war and censorship in Contact 2011: Figure and Ground. Here, four Iranian artists will explore their homeland and its social and political complexity with two shows: Landscape, Revolution, People and West by East.

From April 30th to May 31st, Ali Kamran, Aydin Matlabi, and Gohar Dashti will present Landscape, Revolution, People. Here, they depict their feelings of their homeland and how it has changed from the beautiful imagery of ancient Persia, to today’s Iran after the Islamic Revolution. Although the Iranian people depicted in the images are the main focus, these figures have been shaped, both inwardly and outwardly, by the land surrounding them.

In addition, Shadi Ghadirian will present her solo exhibition West by East, a study of women and censorship. Ghadirian sets the women against a plain backdrop and allows the symbolic use of the black marker and the black shadows to represent how women feel and how they are treated in Iranian society.

Queen Gallery welcomes you to this enlightening exploration of Iran and its people. These four artists represent the future of Iran and their works suggest that they have not rejected their homeland; rather they have embraced it and can envision it once again as a land without war and censorship; a people and a land with the potential for peace.

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Queen Gallery presents the work of contemporary artists from Toronto and around the world. A recent addition to the Queen East community, our exhibitions are driven by a comparative exploration of art and culture in an interdisciplinary setting. Housed in a refurbished brownstone, this distinctive space is a forum where the boundaries of media are greeted, embraced and even challenged.

We look to showcase a variety of talent of diverse heritage, aiming to provide the most original, contemporary voices to our collection. You are invited to apply to our gallery roster to grow with us as we navigate contemporary art from a novel perspective.

Submissions may be made directly to us at info@queengallery.ca for our jury’s appraisal. Please contact us for details on the submission process.

We are looking forward to having you join our gallery, no matter from where you are coming, or where you hope to be going. Come visit us!

Queen Gallery
382 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 1T1

Mahrokh Ahankhah
Gallery Coordinator, Curator
T: 416 361 6045
F: 416 955 0732

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