Naghmeh Sharifi as part of MONTRÉAL MONOCHROME VI: SANCTUARY CITY?
In this series of ink drawings complemented by sculptural elements, I explore themes of transient identities and the psychology of the body both within and as a lived space / geography.
Naghmeh Sharifi is an Iranian/Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. She holds a BA in visual arts and one in psychology from the University of British Columbia. Since 2006, her work has been exhibited in Tehran, Berlin, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Skopje. In Montreal, she has presented her work at sites such as Montreal Council of the Arts (2015) and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2017). In 2015, Naghmeh was the recipient of the Impressions Residency at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She is currently pursuing an MFA (concentration Painting and Drawing) at Concordia University.
Montréal Monochrome is an annual event which aims to address the mis- and under-representation and systemic oppression of marginalized groups in Montréal’s contemporary art milieu. The event works toward imagining and nurturing new and existing bonds, solidarities and friendships between Indigenous artists, thinkers and cultural workers and their racialized allies. This sixth edition of Montréal Monochrome wishes to explore the different meanings and socio-political ramifications that the concept of “sanctuary city” includes or suggests, especially if it is used to speak to notions of an unceded Indigenous territory. What does the city of “Montréal” represent for its inhabitants? A land of opportunity or the continuation of a colonial project? If not a sanctuary for its inhabitants, how can the city generate its own safe spaces? How do people belonging to marginalized communities develop their own survival strategies, self-protection, and self-care? The projects of this sixth edition speak to themes of sanctuary city, the sacred, the colonial project of Canada, and the right of peoples to self-determination.
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