Art Talks MTL Monthly conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, critics and curators based in Montreal, Canada.

Hajra Waheed seeks to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the broad impact of colonial power globally.  Her mixed-media practice consists of ongoing bodies of work that constitute a growing personal archive – one developed in response to all those seemingly lost amongst rapid regional development and/or political strife.  Although works on paper remain the foundation of her practice, they often act as starting points for larger mixed media installations. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including Collages: Gesture & Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014), Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata (2013), (In) the First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona and Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY (2012).  She lives and works in Montréal.

In this episode Hajra talks about growing up on a transnational oil corporation in Saudi Arabia; fallen satellites; her preoccupation with undisclosed documents; telling stories as a means of ordering chaos; intimacy and distance in her representations of surveillance; and collage's potential for transformation.

Hajra Waheed's solo exhibition Asylum in the sea will be presented at Darling Foundry in Montreal from June 18th to August 27th 2015.

This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee

Tumblr design and podcast logo by Naomi Cook.  

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"The Homeless Wanderer" by Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou collected on Éthiopiques 21: Ethiopia Song

Joe Grass performed this lap steel cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" live for La Blogothèque 

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Matt Shane and Jim Holyoak met over 15 years ago in Victoria, BC. Jim draws grayscale worlds inhabited by all sorts of creatures and monsters. Matt paints colourful urban landscapes and ghost towns. Together they make large, immersive installations of drawing on paper. They've completed residencies and shown work across Canada, Europe and the United States. Though Matt and Jim both teach and have successful solo careers, they've also consistently found time to work on projects together. This long term collaboration, as best friends and artists, is a unique feature of their practice. 

In this episode, Matt and Jim discuss the what it feels like to be inside their own drawings over long periods of time; the emotional lulls they experience after big exhibitions; the refreshing back and forth pattern that has developed between their solo and collaborative practices; the difficult aspects of working together; Jim's nocturnal versus Matt's diurnal work habits; and the professional artist's paradox of success and lack of security.

This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee.

Tumblr design and podcast logo by Naomi Cook.

"Gassenhauer" by Carl Orff & Gunhild Keetman.
"Your Wings, Spread Emperformed live by Angels in America in 2011. 

Find out more about Jim and Matt on their websites

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