My current art practice explores the terrains of cultural translation and investigates the processes involved in cultural transfer and transformation. In my installations, I often incorporate shipping pallets to evoke the concept of translation in its etymological meaning as the process of “carrying across” or “bringing across”. These transient installations emerge from my ongoing process of marking shipping pallets with variety of collected motifs and an email address and returning them to circulation as a functional object. During my residency at FMC, I added two pallets, found locally at FMC, to my Cultured Pallets series. The pallets are decorated with multiple prints of two specific ornate motifs. One motif is based on a Persian illumination design and the second one is inspired by Baroque medallion designs in historical buildings in Antwerp such as Peter Paul Ruben’s House and Plantin-Moretus print museum that I visited during my residency. Both pallets are returned to circulation in Belgium.
Soheila K. Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is a recipient of grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. As part of the SSHRCC grant, Esfahani participated in a research/creation group entitled Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art. Esfahani’s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. Recently, she was nominated for the Jameel Prize at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK. Currently, she is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and works from her studio at Kitchener’s artist–run centre, Globe Studios.
06.07.2015 - 31.07.2015