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

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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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Celia Perrin Sidarous photographs objects and spaces. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Walter Phillips Gallery (Les Choses, 2013), WWTWO (Paha-Koli is Evil Mountain, 2012), VU (Le livre des choses, 2011) and Les Territoires (Trouées, 2009). Celia has attended residences at The Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Artscape Lodge Artist Retreat at Gibraltar Point, The Art and Culture Center Kolin Ryynänen (Finland) and Centre Sagamie. She earned a BFA in 2008 and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

In this episode Celia discusses practices of looking; the secret life of inanimate objects; self-referentiality and the experience of time; travelling with art; the frame of the camera as a space of exploration; the politics of being an artist; and the importance of defamiliarization.

This episode was hosted and produced by Yaniya Lee.

Podcast logo by Naomi Cook.

“With a Snake With a Worm in its Mouth” by Subversive Intentions (2014)

Improvised performance by Tanya Tagaq

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