Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Events: Exhibition | published on 26 July, 2013
Auhtor(s): Adel Abidin, Ali Banisadr, Ayman Baalbaki, Farhad Moshiri, Hamed Sahihi, Kutlug Ataman, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Nazgol Ansarinia, Parviz Tanavoli., Raafat Ishak, Susan Hefuna, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Taysir Batniji, Y.Z. Kami, Youssef Nabil
Event Date: 20 July, 2012 - 15 September, 2013
Venue: Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, Canada
Curator/Organizer: Fereshteh Daftari


Safar/Voyage is the first major exhibition of contemporary art from these regions to be shown in Vancouver.  It is constructed as a journey in the company of 16 artists, each of whom is neither fixed inside the territories of the Middle East nor permanently diasporic. These artists define themselves and the world according to their own creative representations, often informed by culturally specific conditions.

Wrapping the globe, their diverse artworks speak to the universal theme of voyage (a translation of the Persian safar), from the external and geographical to the internal, emotional, and existential. They acknowledge the realities of political turmoil and revolution, and how politics frames both trauma and desire, whether individual or collective. Voyage is seen to take many forms. Expressed in media ranging from painting, sculpture, and video installation to performance and a carpet, it is as innocuous as tourism (with a twist), as disturbing as war—the violent crossing of borders—and as philosophical as the transience of life. The artists of Safar/Voyage are positioned as our guides, their visions mined for reflections on some of the most urgent issues of our time. 

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Ayman Baalbaki

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Ali Banisadr

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Adel Abidin

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Farhad Moshiri

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Hamed Sahihi

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Kutlug Ataman

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Mitra Tabrizian

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Mona Hatoum

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Nazgol Ansarinia

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Parviz Tanavoli

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Raafat Ishak

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Susan Hefuna

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Taysir Batniji

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Y.Z. Kami

Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists

Youssef Nabil

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