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OPENING – Exhibition The Art of Living -Jude Abu Zaineh, Soheila Esfahani, Xiaojing Yan
On Community, Immigration and the Migration of Symbols

Centre culturel canadien
May 12th, 2022 18:00 - 21:30

Soheila Esfahani, Birds-Patterns disPlaced, detail
Soheila Esfahani, Birds: Pattern (dis)Placed, detail, 2019. Photo credit: Soheila Esfahani
Xiaojing Yan - Song of the Cicada, 2017
Xiaojing Yan, Song of the Cicada, detail, 2017. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheidv
Jude Abu Zaineh - Kan Ya Makan
Jude Abu Zaineh, Kan Ya Makan, 2020

Opening of the exhibition on May 12 from 6pm to 9.30pm (last entrance at 9pm) – Book your guided tour at 5pm with Catherine Bédard, curator of the exhibition.

Unknown to each other, from distant countries, the artists Xiaojing Yan, Jude Abu Zaineh et Soheila Esfahani and their work are coming together for the first time. What they have in common is the  ever-strange feeling of living in an in between place, not quite rooted, suspended between two worlds, attached to the symbols of belonging to their cultures of origin, yet diverting them. Food, desire, religion and protection are all issues in their art, as are technology, globalization and consumer society.

Both Eastern and Western, these immigrant women from China, Palestine and Iran forge ties that transform, distort and augment strong symbolic images: a staircase, a bridge, a word, a poem, decorative motifs, myths and legends. They give another dimension to the notion of cultural identity by presenting the viewer with hybrid and industrialized objects that are denatured, far from any idealization of the elsewhere and the past. A blood-red filamentary goddess, decorative motifs teeming with biological life, commercial reproductions of a traditional bird from 3D prints and other works that allow symbols to freely migrate constitute a powerful, intimate reflection on an art of displacement and diaspora.

Curator: Catherine Bédard

vignette video teaser
Teaser de l'exposition De l'Art de vivre / The Art of Living


Centre culturel canadien
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