BABAK GOLKAR

www.babakgolkar.ca

studio@babakgolkar.ca

EDUCATION

Masters of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, 2006

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, 2003

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

La Collection Imaginaire, Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, U.S.A. Curators: Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

In No Particular Hurry. Galeria Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain. Curator: Jal Hamad

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. Edel Assanti Gallery, London, United Kingdom. Curator: Jeremy Epstein

2014

Of Labour, Of Dirt. Sazmanab, Tehran, Iran, Curator: Elham Puriyamehr

The Return Project. Third Line Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

Time To Let Go…. Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver, Canada, Curator: Diana Freundl

2013  

Dialectic of Failure. West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Darrin Morrison

Ground for Standing and Understanding. VOLTA NY Featured Project, New York City, U.S.A. Curator: Michael Kaufmann

2012   

Parergon. Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. Curator: Moza Ali Al Shamsi

Ground for Standing and Understanding. Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Greg Bellerby

Mechanisms of Distortion (Commissioned installation). Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. Curator: Salma Tuqan

Spatial Transformation. Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria. Curator: Michael Kaufmann

2011   

Parergon. Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE. Curator: Sunny Rahbar

Parergon. C.S.A. Space, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Steven Tong

Black Cube: Moving Toward the Abstract Light. Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey. Curator: Güher Gurmen

2007   

Then, Now and Then. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Pantea Haghighi

2005   

Dear Joseph: Happy 84th Birthday. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Curator: Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson

2003   

the philosophy and science of mutation. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Curated by Sadira Rodrigous

Throne. XENO gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Curator: Mo Salemi

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017

When Form Becomes Attitude. Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada. Curator: Noa Bronstein

Mementos. Artists’ Souvenirs, Artifacts and Other Curiosities. Hotel de la Poste, Brussels, Belgium. Curators: Jens Hoffmann and Piper Marshall

(Upcoming)

Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter. Boca Raton Museum of Art. FL, U.S.A.. Curator: Garth Clark

T.B.A.. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, U.S.A.. Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge

2016

Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values. Edel Assanti Gallery, London, U.K., Curator: Jeremy Epstein

Object Oriented Apology. Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, U.S.A. Curators: Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

The Ink Jet Show, Art Labour Gallery, Shanghai, China. Curator: Martin Kemble

Mass Individualism, Ab/Anbar, Tehran, Iran. Curator: Azadeh Zaferani

2015

Residue: The Persistence of the Real. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Curator: Grant Arnold

Crisis of History – Beyond History,  Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Curator: Elham Puriyamehr

Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stvck, Munich, Germany. Curator: Verena Hein

Heaven and Hell, Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium. Curators: Diane Hennebert and Christophe Dosogne

2014

L'avenir: La Biennale de Montréal (9th edition). Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Director: Sylvie Fortin, Curators: Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke (October-February 2015)

La Route Bleue. National Museum Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, France. Curators: Etienne Blondeau and Céline Paul

Music Palace. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium. Curator: Diana Wiegersma (September-January)

Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France. Curator: Omar Saghi (April-August)

The Language of Human Consciousness. Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Curator: Mohammad Hafiz (July-Oct)

2013   

La Route Bleue. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium. Curator: Diane Hennebert

Biennale Online. Directed by Jan Hoet, Curated by Iara Boubnova

2012               

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MONOCHROME. University of Iowa Museum of Art, Curator: by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz

#COMETOGETHER. EOA Project, London, U.K. Curator: Stephen Stapleton         

Contemporary Iranian Art. New Albion Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Curator: Doug Hall

COME INVEST IN US. YOU’LL STRIKE GOLD. BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria. Curator: Diana Wiegersma

Jameel Prize Exhibition. Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain

2011   

The Bravery of Being Out of Range. Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Curator: Aya Haidar

Roaming Images: Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece. Curator: Iara Boubnova

Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K., Curator: Salma Tuqan

Expositions. Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Natalia Tkachev

Tension. Hezy Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curator: Yael Katz Ben Shalom

Art Dubai. The Third Line Gallery

Art Beat. Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey. The Third Line Gallery

Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey. Hilger Contemporary

2010   

Time After Time. Southern Exposure, Los Angeles, USA. Curator: Valerie Imus and Taraneh Hemami

The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Arario Gallery, New York City, USA. Curator: Shaheen Merali

Frieze Art Fair. The Third Line Gallery, London, U.K.

Artissima. The Third Line Gallery, Turin, Italy

2009   

The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Galerie Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria. Curator: Shaheen Merali

ArtBasel-Miami. Hilger Contemporary

Infinite Egress. Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada. Curator: Jordan Strom

Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada. Curator: Makiko Hara (Public)

Folter in der Kultur – Kultur der Folter. Artneuland Project, Berlin, Germany. Curator: Yael Katz Ben Shalom

2008

My Favorite Pastime, WL-Project, Hong Kong. Curators: Kathrin Becker in collaboration with Silvia Anna Barirlà and Hanna Jacobi

Prequel. Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, Canada. Curators: Wesley Cameron and Matt Robertson: Until We Have A Helicopter

Moodyville. Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Helga Pakassar

Orientalism and Ephemera. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. / Kenderdine Art Gallery, Uiversity of Saskatchewan, SK. Curator: Jamelie Hassan

Interior of Design. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Jordan Strom

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013  

Friendship of Nations. Slavs and Tatars. Presentations House Gallery. North Vancouver, Canada

2012   

Even the Stars Seem To Be Changing Their Position. Lyndl Hall and Erdem Taşdelen. Sanatorium Project, Istanbul, Turkey

2006   

The Wrong Gallery Edition #125. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. (Co-Curated with Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson) Artists included: Instant Coffee, Hadley and Mawell, Henry Tsang, David MacWilliam, Mark DeLong, David Young, Étienne Zack

2003  

A-MEN. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD, Vancouver, Canada (Co-Curated with Sergio Toporek)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015

Vali, Murtaza, “Babak Golkar: The Return Project,” Art Forum, January 2015 pg. 235.

2014

Dr. Daneshvari, Abbas. Amazingly Original: Contemporary Iranian Art at Crossroads. Mazda Publication. 2014.

Turner, Michael. How It Is Made and What It Is Made Of: Babak Golkar’s Scream Pots. (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt)

Dr. Sojoodi, Farzan. Perfection in imperfection: Dichotomies Deconstructed in Golkar’s Time to Let Go… (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt)

Pouriyamehr, Elham. Of Labour, Of Dirt. (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt)

Kalsi, Jyoti. Put under a spell by the market. Gulf News. Oct. 30.

Saghafi, Mohsen. Tandis Magazine (Farsi). Oct. 30.

Bahman Siahmard, Fatemeh. Honar Online (Farsi). Oct. 20.

Seaman, Anna. The Return Project, The National, U.A.E., October 2014.

Griffin, Kevin C. Time to Let . . . Go with Babak Golkar’s terracotta vessels, Vancouver Sun, May 8.

2013

Laurence, Robin. Babak Golkar's Dialectic of Failure reconsiders the nature of craft. Nov. 26.

Verster, Gina. A Mud-slinging Screamfest. Nov. 2.

2012   

James, Gareth. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Art Forum, May 2012 pg. 318.

Vali, Murtaza. Babak Golkar: Funny Frames, Harpers Bazaar Art, January 2012 pgs. 70-74.

Laurence, Robin. Persian carpets rise in 3-D, Georgia Straight, 25 Jan 2012

Harris, Michael. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Galleries West, 4 March 2012

Starnes, Jason. Negotiating Symbolic Space, Usurping the Big Other, catalogue essay

Boubnova, Iara. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, catalogue essay

2011   

Taşdelen, Erdem. The Logic of Parerga, catalogue essay

Lord, Christopher. Babak Golkar explores shifting meanings through picture frames, The National, U.A.E. 13 November 2011

Lord, Christopher. Jameel Prize 2011 shortlist develops art from craftwork, The National, U.A.E. 14 July 2011

Jameel Prize: Art Contemporian D’inspiration Islamique, Art Absolument: Numéro Spécial

Ibrahim, Dina. Architectural Psychology, ArteEast http://www.arteeast.org/pages/artists/Golkar/?section=writing (September 2011)

Kiger, Rumeysa. Golkar’s installation takes visitors back to their childhood, Today’s Zaman, Istanbul. 12 June 2011

Utkan, Hatice. ‘Black Cube’ moves, freedom vanishes, Hurriyet. Istanbul, 2 June 2011

Güleşçi, Pırıl. Siyah küpün içinde ne var? (What’s Inside the Black Cube?), Haber Turk, Istanbul. 18 June 2011

2010   

Lee. Sasha M. Daily Serving

http://dailyserving.com/2010/08/interview-with-babak-golkar/ (August 2010)

Nateghi, Behnam. Voice of America interview. January 2010

2009

Hurtig, Annette. An Extended Dérive in a Terrain Passional, The Capilano Review, pgs. 120-127, Spring 2009 issue

2005   

Witt Ryan. Portrait of an artist, Georgia Straight. 29 September 2005

Hampton, Maria. Metro Newspaper Vancouver

Burnham, Clint. Horses for Courses. Vancouver Sun

Harris, Elayne. Horses For Courses: We Are Sorry. Catalogue essay

 

AWARDS

2011

Nominated and shortlisted for The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize. London, U.K.

Nominated and shortlisted for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize. London, U.K. Co-presented by The Royal College of Art, Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s Auction house

2010   

Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant. Ottawa, Canada

British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada

2009   

British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada

2006   

VADA Award. Vancouver, B.C.

2004   

B.C. Binning Drawing Scholarship. Vancouver, Canada

2003   

Helen Pitt Award. Vancouver, Canada

 

TEACHING

2009-2011     

Sessional Faculty of Graduate Studies. Visual, Media Arts and Design Departments, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

2005-2011     

Sessional Faculty of Undergraduate Studies. Visual Arts Department, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

2005-2006     

Sessional Faculties. Department of Art History and Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2004-2008     

Sessional Faculty. Faculty of Digital Design, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2012               

Artist Residency, Delfina Foundation, London, U.K.

2008-2009     

Program Coordinator, Masters of Applied Arts, Emily Carr University,

Vancouver, Canada

2006            

Summer Interim Curator at Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2006               

Spring Guest Instructor, Arts & Culture Commission of North Vancouver, Canada

2003-2004     

Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada