November 30, 2020 - February 27, 2021
Landed is a group exhibition featuring artists from across Canada whose creative practices examine the complexities of immigration, borders, and cultural adaptation. Anahita Norouzi, Nurgul Rodriguez, and Andreas Rutkauskas take different creative approaches but have the same intent: to generate a dialogue about decolonization, diaspora and global migration policies. The three bodies of work that comprise this exhibition were achieved through immense dedication, fieldwork, time, and labour.
Other Landscapes, by Anahita Norouzi, is a multimedia installation featuring photography, sound, and glass sculptures. Engaging with eight refugees, Norouzi collected stories through sound recording and object collection, and these interactions manifested into seven-foot photographic still lifes.
In Becoming Words, Nurgul Rodriguez conveys through textiles, paper, and porcelain a narrative based on her experience as an immigrant to Canada, as well as those of refugees and exiles who adapt to processes, languages, and procedures in a new country.
Borderline documents the longest shared land border in the world. Close to nine thousand kilometres, the Canada-US border has 119 legal land crossings. Over three years, Andreas Rutkauskas journeyed more than 19,000 kilometres along the 49th parallel, from the Yukon all the way to the New Brunswick–Maine border. He documented over two hundred locations and captured images ranging from an abandoned crossing in Big Beaver, Saskatchewan, to a telephone reporting booth in Angle Inlet, Minnesota.
Anahita Norouzi (born in Tehran in 1983) is originally from Iran and lives in Montreal, where she dedicates herself to her artistic practice. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and French Literature from Concordia University in Montreal. Nurgul Rodriguez settled in Calgary, Alberta in 2009 after nomadic years of living in Turkey, U.S.A., Spain with her family. She holds MFA form the University of Calgary (2017) and a BFA from Dokuz Eylul University (1999). Andreas Rutkauskas was born in Winnipeg (Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples) and currently resides on the unceeded traditional territory of the Syilx (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia). He teaches photography at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.