Hangama Amiri

Artist Statement

Hangama Amiri is an Afghan artist who paints on the subject of childhood memory, cross-cultural dialogue, and Afghan feminism. She paints in the styles of representational realism and abstract realism, using large-scale two-dimensional surfaces, integrating mixed media: oil, acrylic, screen-printing, and earth.

Hangama Amiri received her BFA (Major in Fine Arts) from NSCAD University in Halifax NS (2012), she was a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow at Yale University School of Art and Sciences in New Haven, CT (2015-2016). She has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, recently in New York City, Toronto, France, Italy and London (UK). Her first solo exhibition, The Wind-Up Dolls of Kabul, was displayed at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in the fall of 2011. Two paintings from The Wind-Up Dolls series were selected for IV Passion for Freedom Festival London (UK), 2012. Her collaborative project, "Dome of Secret Desires" was shortlisted at 5th Passion For Freedom Festival London (UK), 2013, and her recent collaborative video project, "My Motherland" 2015 was premiered at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Amiri has won the 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteerism Award, the 2013 Portia White Protege Award, and in 2015, her painting "Island of Dreams" won a runner-up Honourable mention at RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity Independent Residency Program (Fall 2017), Joya AiR Residency Program in Almería, Andalucía, Spain (Winter 2017) and at World of Co. Residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria (Spring 2018).

The artist thankfully acknowledges the support of Arts Nova Scotia.

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