Extra Baggage - new exhibition of work by IAMD Alumnus Omar Badrin


Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

 
DateFriday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Email

Jon Lockyer, Director, jon@artspace-arc.org

Website

http://artspace-arc.org/

Location

Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Gallery 1

Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Bio
Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)
Director
Artspace
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

DateFriday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Email

Jon Lockyer, Director, jon@artspace-arc.org

Website

http://artspace-arc.org/

Location

Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario

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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Gallery 1

Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Bio
Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)
Director
Artspace
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

Venue & Address: 
Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario
Website: 
http://artspace-arc.org/
Email: 
Jon Lockyer, Director, jon@artspace-arc.org
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