Join us for a keynote presentation wtih artist Shahzia Sikander on October 15 at 6:00 pm in Alumnae Lounge (in the Aidekman Arts Center). This presentation is in conjunction with Shahzia's exhibition "Parallax" on view at the Tufts University Art Gallery September 10 - December 6, 2015
Internationally-recognized artist Shahzia Sikander presents her first immersive animation Parallax, with music and sound by composer Du Yun, as well as related gouches and drawings, conceived in the United Arab Emirates and first presented at the 2013 Sharjah Biennale. Inspired by that nation's unique geography at the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, its 19th century British colonial history, and power tensions between conflict and control Sikander's abstract, representational, and textual forms coexist and jostle for domination.
Drawn elements come together to create dissonance and disruption. Spheres made of hair spin and sing, “Christmas trees” made of valves and spools spout, while undulating color fields create pitch and fervor and large swaths of static noise erupt into flocks. Human voices recite and narrate, creating tension and rhythm while oscillating between audible texts and the environmental sounds. The recited poetry in Arabic engages the vernacular while its points of reference remain universal engaging geographical locations that can be occupied from afar, through emotion. Visual vocabulary is culled from drawings and paintings to construct the animation, giving the motifs and symbols a shifting identity as they come together to cultivate new associations within the digital space.
A catalogue with an artist's interview by Amy Schlegel, a conversation between Sikander and composer Du Yun, and an essay by Sara Raza, accompany the exhibition.