Western Front Exhibitions is pleased to present a survey exhibition by Afghan artist Lida Abdul curated by Candice Hopkins and Makiko Hara. This exhibition is co-presented by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Works by the artist will be shown concurrently at the Western Front and Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art). A forthcoming publication featuring an interview between Art Historian Pamela M. Lee and Abdul will be published by Western Front Exhibitions as part of a series of books featuring interviews with contemporary artists.
Abdul’s video, film, photography, installation and performance works explore relationships between architecture and identity in post-war Afghanistan. Architectural ruins, many the result of numerous wars, appear throughout her landscapes as both real and surreal images. While acknowledging the devastation of conflict, the gestures of the men, women, and children depicted amidst the ruins in these works evoke, among many things, the survival, recovery, and resilience of this country.
Lida Abdul (b. 1973) was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She lived in Germany and India as a refugee before relocating to the United States. Abdul has exhibited widely including solo presentations at the Afghanistan Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale; Central Asian Biennial; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff; and Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at such venues as the Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil; the Kwangju Biennale, South Korea; and the Singapore Biennale; Tate Modern; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Bretigny, France; Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee; ifa Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart; Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Le capc Musee d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France; and Le Parvis, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Tarbes, France. Lida Abdul is represented by Giorgio Persano Gallery, Turin.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 22, 7PM
Lecture Hall 301, South Building
Emily Carr Institute of Art
1400 Johnston Street, Granville Island