The Varley Art Gallery of Markham invites you to discover two new summer exhibitions: Nava Waxman: Choreographed Marks and Sara Niroobakhsh: Zaghareet.
Waxman, a Markham-based artist, explores the performative aspects of painting through a series of photographic works. By incorporating elements of dance and visual arts, she explores ideas of movement, temporality and space in the creation of mark making gestures, and uses variation, repetition and sequence to establish a visual rhythm in her art. This exhibition, curated by Anik Glaude, will be on view until Sept. 2 and is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
An interactive, multi-channel video installation, which loops and overlaps videos of women performing zaghareet (a piercing cry) to respond to the movement of the visitor. For Niroobakhsh, the exposure of a Western audience to a cry is part of her ongoing exploration of femininity as expressed through Middle Eastern cultural practices. The exhibition, curated by Mahmoud Obaidi, will also be on view at the gallery until Sept. 2.
“With the Varley Art Gallery’s 2019 summer exhibitions we meet two of our most important goals,” says Varley Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “We are clearly supporting our local and regionally-based artists. At the same time, we are serving the very diverse residents of Markham, 59 per cent of whom are immigrants and 78 per cent of whom self-identify as a visible minority.”
Both artists were born outside of Canada and now practise here successfully. “By presenting their work we also reach out to the citizens of Markham and reflect back aspects of their experiences,” O’Laoghaire says. The Varley is located at 216 Main St., Unionville. Visit www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/arts/varley-art-gallery to learn more.
Top photo: Nava Waxman, Theatrical place for the unearthed, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist. Next photo: Sara Niroobakhsh, Zaghareet (detail), 2019, multi-channel video installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.