Babak Golkar

Babak Golkar

Born in USA
Currently lives and works in Vancouver

Born in the United States, raised in Tehran and having lived between Canada and the Middle East since 1996, Babak Golkar has developed bodies of work, which navigate and negotiate the space between cultural and socio-economical registers. His research-based art practice is centred on seemingly contradictory forms, shapes and material.

Often engaging syncretic strategies, Golkar juxtaposes several disparate traditions, asserting an underlying common ground, allowing for an inclusive approach to multi- layered reading. These strategies are implemented by exploring the potential of how ideas and forms transform between diverse contexts and systems and how new forms—and by extension, new meanings—emerge from re-contextualization.

The results of Golkar’s research and associated practice have been actively exhibited in local, national and international venues including: The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), BrotKunsthalle (Vienna), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki), Southern Exposure (Los Angeles) and Sanatorium Project (Istanbul). His upcoming engagements include participating in a group exhibition at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and a solo exhibition at West Vancouver Museum.

 
Education:
  • 2006. Masters of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia
  • 2003. Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design


Selected solo exhibitions:

  • 2013. T.B.D. West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Darrin Morrison Ground for Standing and Understanding VOLTA NY Featured Project, New York City, U.S.A.
  • 2012. Parergon. Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. Curated by Moza Ali Al Shamsi
  • 2012. Ground for Standing and Understanding. Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Greg Bellerby
  • 2012. Friday Late Special Project. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. Curated by Salma Tuqan
  • 2012. Spatial Transformation. Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Michael Kaufmann
  • 2011. Parergon. Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE. Curated by Sunny Rahbar Parergon. C.S.A. Space, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Steven Tong
  • 2011. Black Cube: Moving Toward the Abstract Light. Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Güher Gurmen
  • 2007. Then, Now and Then. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Pantea Haghighi
  • 2005. Dear Joseph: Happy 84th Birthday. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson
  • 2003. the philosophy and science of mutation. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Curated by Sadira Rodrigous Throne. XENO gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Curated by Mo Salemi


Selected group exhibitions:

  • 2013. T.B.D. ARC/Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Curated by Anne Dressen
  • 2012. #COMETOGETHER. EOA Project, London, U.K. Curated by Stephen Stapleton
  • 2012. Contemporary Iranian Art. New Albion Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Curated by Doug Hall
  • 2012. COME INVEST IN US. YOU’LL STRIKE GOLD. BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Diana Wiegersma
  • 2012. Jameel Prize Exhibition. Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain
  • 2011. The Bravery of Being out of |Range|. Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Curated by Aya Haidar
  • 2011. Roaming Images: Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece. Curated by Iara Boubnova
  • 2011. Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
  • 2011. Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K., Curated by Salma Tuqan
  • 2011. Expositions. Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Natalia Tkachev
  • 2011. Tension. Hezy Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curated by Yael Katz Ben Shalom
  • 2011. Art Dubai. The Third Line Gallery
  • 2011. Art Beat. Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey. The Third Line Gallery
  • 2011. Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey. Hilger Contemporary
  • 2010. Time After Time. Southern Exposure, Los Angeles, USA. Curated by Valerie Imus and Taraneh Hemami
  • 2010. The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Arario Gallery, New York City, USA. Curated by Shaheen Merali
  • 2010. Frieze Art Fair. The Third Line Gallery, London, U.K.
  • 2010. Artissima. The Third Line Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • 2009. The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Galerie Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Shaheen Merali
  • 2009. ArtBasel-Miami. Hilger Contemporary Infinite Egress. Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada. Curated by Jordan Strom
  • 2009. Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada. Curated by Makiko Hara (Public)
  • 2009. Folter in der Kultur–Kultur der Folter. Artneuland Project, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Yael Katz Ben Shalom
  • 2008. My Favorite Pastime, WL-Project, Hong Kong. Curated by Kathrin Becker in collaboration with Silvia Anna Barirlà and Hanna Jacobi
  • 2008. Prequel. Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Wesley Cameron and Matt Robertson: Until We Have A Helicopter
  • 2008. Moodyville. Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Helga Pakassar
  • 2008. Orientalism and Ephemera. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. /Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, SK. Curated by Jamelie Hassan
  • 2008. Interior of Design. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Jordan Strom
  • 2007. Emergency Biennale. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver / Istanbul / San Francisco. Curated by Evelyne Jouanno
  • 2007. I Love What You Do. Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada. Curated by Nicole Raufeisen & Ryan Witt
  • 2006. Prologue I. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Pantea Haghighi
  • 2006. The Wrong Gallery Edition #125. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (Co-Curated by Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson)
  • 2006. World Urban Forum. Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Simon Levin
  • 2005. Canadian Night. Bergen Kunsthall: Landmark, Bergen, Norway. Curated by Carly Haddon and Kevin Griesch
  • 2005. Horses for Courses. Morris and Helen Belkin art gallery, Vancouver, Canada Organized by Keith Wallace
  • 2005. This Experiment. Butchershop Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Wes Cameron
  • 2004. At Play. Liu Haisu Museum, Shanghai, China. Curated by Sadira Rodrigues
  • 2004. Lucky 13. Belkin Satellite gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Curatorial projects:

  • 2013. Friendship of Nations. Slavs and Tatars. Presentations House Gallery. North
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012. Even the Stars Seem To Be Changing Their Position. Lyndl Hall and Erdem Taşdelen. Sanatorium Project, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2006. The Wrong Gallery Edition #125. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. (Co-Curated with Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson) Artists included: Instant Coffee, Hadley and Mawell, Henry Tsang, David MacWilliam, Mark DeLong, David Young, Étienne Zack
  • 2003. A-MEN. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD, Vancouver, Canada (Co-Curated with Sergio Toporek)
  • 2002. FLUX. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD, Vancouver, Canada
 
Bibliography:
  • 2012. James, Gareth. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Art Forum, May 2012 pg. 318.
  • 2012. Vali, Murtaza. Babak Golkar: Funny Frames, Harpers Bazaar Art, January 2012 pg s. 70-74.
  • 2012. Laurence, Robin. Persian carpets rise in 3-D, Georgia Straight, 25 Jan 2012
  • 2012. Harris, Michael. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Galleries West, 4 March 2012
  • 2012. Starnes, Jason. Negotiating Symbolic Space, Usurping the Big Other, catalogue essay
  • 2012. Boubnova, Iara. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, catalogue essay
  • 2011. Taşdelen, Erdem. The Logic of Parerga, catalogue essay
  • 2011. Lord, Christopher. Babak Golkar explores shifting meanings through picture frames, The National, U.A.E. 13 November 2011
  • 2011. Lord, Christopher. Jameel Prize 2011 shortlist develops art from craftwork, The
  • National, U.A.E. 14 July 2011
  • 2011. Jameel Prize: Art Contemporian D’inspiration Islamique, Art Absolument: Numéro Spécial
  • 2011. Ibrahim, Dina. Architectural Psychology, ArteEast
  • 2011. http://www.arteeast.org/pages/artists/Golkar/?section=writing (September  2011)
  • 2011. Kiger, Rumeysa. Golkar’s installation takes visitors back to their childhood,
  • Today’s Zaman, Istanbul. 12 June 2011
  • 2011. Utkan, Hatice. ‘Black Cube’ moves, freedom vanishes, Hurriyet. Istanbul, 2 June 2011
  • 2011. Güleşçi, Pırıl. Siyah küpün içinde ne var? (What’s Inside the Black Cube?), Haber Turk, Istanbul. 18 June 2011
  • 2010. Lee. Sasha M. Daily Serving
    2010.http://dailyserving.com/2010/08/interview-with-babak-golkar/ (August 2010)
  • 2010. Nateghi, Behnam. Voice of America interview. January 2010
  • 2009. Hurtig, Annette. An Extended Dérive in a Terrain Passional, The Capilano Review, pgs.120-127, Spring 2009 issue
  • 2005. Witt Ryan. Portrait of an artist, Georgia Straight. 29 September 2005
  • 2005. Hampton, Maria. Metro Newspaper Vancouver
  • 2005. Burnham, Clint. Horses for Courses. Vancouver
  • 2005. Sun Harris, Elayne. Horses For Courses: We Are Sorry. Catalogue essay
 
Awards:
  • 2011. Nominated and shortlisted for The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize. London, U.K.
  • 2011. Nominated and shortlisted for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize London, U.K.
  • 2011. Co-presented by The Royal College of Art, Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s Auction house
  • 2010. Canada Council for the Arts Producti on Grant. Ottawa, Canada
  • 2010. British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada
  • 2009. British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada
  • 2006. VADA Award. Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2004. B.C. Binning Drawing Scholarship. Vancouver, Canada
  • 2003. Helen Pitt Award. Vancouver, Canada
 
Teaching:
  • 2009-2011. Sessional Faculty of Graduate Studies. Visual, Media Arts and Design Departments, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2005-2011. Sessional Faculty of Undergraduate Studies. Visual Arts Department, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2005-2006. Sessional Faculties. Department of Art History and Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2004-2008. Sessional Faculty. Faculty of Digital Design, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada
 
Other professional experieces:
  • 2012. Artist Residency, Delfina Foundation, London, U.K.
  • 2008-2009. Program Coordinator, Masters of Applied Arts, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006. Summer Interim Curator at Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006. Spring Guest Instructor, Arts & Culture Commission of North Vancouver, Canada
  • 2003-2004. Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada