Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he migrated to Vancouver, where obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since then, Golkar has been researching diverse subjects and cultivating a conceptual vocabulary and has developed an active career exhibiting works globally. His subjects of research have especially emerged from an interest in spatial analysis in relation to our contemporary conditions. In merging and examining originally discrete systems and forms, asserting underlying unity as well as antagonistic elements, Golkar engages a critical inquiry into cultural and socio-economical registers.
Recently he mounted a solo exhibition at West Vancouver Museum entitled, Dialectic of Failure, in which a series of small terracotta scream-pots alongside a video projection and two photographs examined the painstaking and delicate nature of compromise and negotiation between dichotomies—historicism and modernity, art and craft, modern reasoning and traditional mysticism. In October Golkar will be presenting a new installation at the 9th edition of la Biennale de Montréal and will take part in a group exhibition at Villa Empain at La Fondation Boghossian in Brussels in the same month. The first ever presentation of Golkar’s work in Iran will take place in a solo exhibition at Sazman Ab gallery in Tehran.
Golkar works and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.