Exile Series = Rising Sadness - Performance and Artist's Talk by Ali Asgar


Join us for a performance by Ali Asgar, followed by an artist talk and discussion.

 
DateWednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Phone

416-977-6000 x456

Cost

Free

Email

onsite@ocadu.ca

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/333345357178778/

Location

Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)

Wednesday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Exile Series = Rising Sadness - Performance and Artist's Talk by Ali Asgar
Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery

Join us for a performance by Ali Asgar, followed by an artist talk and discussion.

 

Born in 1991, Bangladesh; Ali Asgar is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space. Ali’s early work and activism were around the area of gender, sexuality and social norms which often reflects upon their personal struggle and experience of growing up in conservative Bangladeshi patriarchal society and its attitude toward members of the LGBTQI community. The controversial and politically charged nature of Ali Asgar’s work—exploring gender and eroticism—exposed them to significant risk in their home city of Dhaka, where Asgar staged provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions intentionally designed to challenge the conservative sexual mores of the culture. As an artist, whose provocative art and personal identity placed them at extreme risk, Ali Asgar was awarded an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship in 2016. Ali is currently working on an MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine. Isolation and displacement plays a key role in Ali’s current works and thought process, their recent projects are politically-inspired especially by the recent political stressful climates of United States. Ali’s current project “No One Home”, a work constructed around the concept of human interactivity, displacement, trauma and queer identity and the key intention of this interactive performance piece is finding the meaning of home and belongingness.   

Asgar has a BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Dhaka and has participated in major group exhibitions including the 2014 and 2016 Dhaka Art Summits, the 2016 Kolkata International Performance Festival, the 2014 Dhaka Social Art Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. For last one year, Asgar toured around the USA with their work and produced work in several spaces in Boston, Chicago, NY, and Maine. Earlier this year (2017), Asgar was one of the leading speakers and a featured artist at the PEN World Voice Festival in New York City. Ali’s most recent ongoing work is a solo performance conversation “Dinner Table,” a work focuses on racial food experience, consumer behavior and food politics. Asgar now co-directing a new theatre piece “ASAP-An Auto Play” for Spring 2018.  

 

On view at Onsite Gallery is The Sunshine Eaters, an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises.

Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.

The Sunshine Eaters is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nexus Investments.

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Photo by Amy Pears.
 

 

 



Exile Series = Rising Sadness - Performance and Artist's Talk by Ali Asgar
DateWednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Phone

416-977-6000 x456

Cost

Free

Email

onsite@ocadu.ca

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/333345357178778/

Location

Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)

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Ali Asgar
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Exile Series = Rising Sadness - Performance and Artist's Talk by Ali Asgar
Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery

Join us for a performance by Ali Asgar, followed by an artist talk and discussion.

 

Born in 1991, Bangladesh; Ali Asgar is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space. Ali’s early work and activism were around the area of gender, sexuality and social norms which often reflects upon their personal struggle and experience of growing up in conservative Bangladeshi patriarchal society and its attitude toward members of the LGBTQI community. The controversial and politically charged nature of Ali Asgar’s work—exploring gender and eroticism—exposed them to significant risk in their home city of Dhaka, where Asgar staged provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions intentionally designed to challenge the conservative sexual mores of the culture. As an artist, whose provocative art and personal identity placed them at extreme risk, Ali Asgar was awarded an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship in 2016. Ali is currently working on an MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine. Isolation and displacement plays a key role in Ali’s current works and thought process, their recent projects are politically-inspired especially by the recent political stressful climates of United States. Ali’s current project “No One Home”, a work constructed around the concept of human interactivity, displacement, trauma and queer identity and the key intention of this interactive performance piece is finding the meaning of home and belongingness.   

Asgar has a BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Dhaka and has participated in major group exhibitions including the 2014 and 2016 Dhaka Art Summits, the 2016 Kolkata International Performance Festival, the 2014 Dhaka Social Art Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. For last one year, Asgar toured around the USA with their work and produced work in several spaces in Boston, Chicago, NY, and Maine. Earlier this year (2017), Asgar was one of the leading speakers and a featured artist at the PEN World Voice Festival in New York City. Ali’s most recent ongoing work is a solo performance conversation “Dinner Table,” a work focuses on racial food experience, consumer behavior and food politics. Asgar now co-directing a new theatre piece “ASAP-An Auto Play” for Spring 2018.  

 

On view at Onsite Gallery is The Sunshine Eaters, an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises.

Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.

The Sunshine Eaters is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nexus Investments.

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Photo by Amy Pears.
 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/333345357178778/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Exile Series = Rising Sadness - Performance and Artist's Talk by Ali Asgar
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