Overview: Spectators of a New Dawn
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This new series of textile artworks depict a range of narratives that were shared with me by friends and family still living in a war-torn Afghanistan. I began documenting the stories and personal accounts of my cousins, aunts, and close friends due to our ongoing conversations around the possible return of the Taliban regime amid the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace deal process. After speaking with them over the past two years, I have found they are predominantly concerned with maintaining their basic human rights and the progress Afghan women have made in education, employment, and overall role in society. In this exhibition, I am examining how the lifestyles and experiences of those close to me in Afghani- stan has changed by using sewn textile fragments to assemble a reality that explores the feelings of in-betweenness, fear, longing, love, guilt, loss, and hope. Each piece weaves together interior and exterior social spaces as a way of showing the nuances of their intimate and urban lives. Whether a young woman is sipping her coffee in a café near the destroyed Buddha’s of Bamiyan or a couple is meeting secretly against their families wishes somewhere in Kabul, I want the expressions of my fictional figures to make viewers pause for a moment to realize, accept, and understand the ongoing political and social upheavals in Afghanistan.
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Installation view, Spectators of a New Dawn, Towards info (Toronto, ON)
Portrait of a Lady in a Cafe. 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, satin, suede, printed textiles, plastic, watercolor on paper, airbrush on fabric, marker, and acrylic on fabric – 79'' x 106''
Portrait of a Lady in a Cafe (detail). 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, satin, suede, printed textiles, plastic, watercolor on paper, airbrush on fabric, marker, and acrylic on fabric – 79'' x 106''
Portrait of a Lady in a Cafe (detail). 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, satin, suede, printed textiles, plastic, watercolor on paper, airbrush on fabric, marker, and acrylic on fabric – 79'' x 106''
Poet. 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, printed textiles, machine embroidered textile, suede, cotton, silk, polyester, paper, and found fabric – 78'' x 55''
Poet (detail). 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, printed textiles, machine embroidered textile, suede, cotton, silk, polyester, paper, and found fabric – 78'' x 55''
Night Visit. 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, suede, printed textiles, velvet, satin, polyester, chiffon, rope, acrylic, and marker on fabric – 88'' x 79''
Night Visit (detail). 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, suede, printed textiles, velvet, satin, polyester, chiffon, rope, acrylic, and marker on fabric – 88'' x 79''
Woman with Red Lipstick. 2021 – Cotton, muslin, polyester, machine embroidered textile, and embroidery on fabric – 24.5'' x 20''
Woman with Red Lipstick (detail). 2021 – Cotton, muslin, polyester, machine embroidered textile, and embroidery on fabric – 24.5'' x 20''
Portrait of Two Lovers. 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, suede, polyester, silk, printed textile, inkjet print on silk, marker, and found fabric – 61'' x 51.5''
Portrait of Two Lovers (detail). 2021 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, suede, polyester, silk, printed textile, inkjet print on silk, marker, and found fabric – 61'' x 51.5''
When I am With You. 2021 – Inkjet print on silk, canvas, and embroidery on satin – 28'' x 22.5''
When I am With You (detail). 2021 – Inkjet print on silk, canvas, and embroidery on satin – 28'' x 22.5''