Masters of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, 2007

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, 2004



All The Blind Men, Servais Family Collection, Brussels, Belgium. Curator: Kimberley Phillips


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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




Bienalsur 2019–International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Curator: Diana Wechsler


Dérapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries. The Loft, Brussels, Belgium. Curator: Dragos Olea

Here: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists. Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada. Curator: Swapnaa Tamhane

Roadside Attractions. Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada. Curator: Jennifer Matotek

N. VANCOUVER. Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Reid Shier


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

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

Long, Winding Journeys. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, U.S.A.. Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge


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


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


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)


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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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



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


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.


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

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


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


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 (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


Lee. Sasha M. Daily Serving (August 2010)

Nateghi, Behnam. Voice of America interview. January 2010


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


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



Sobey Awards–Long list, Ottawa, Canada


Davidoff Art Initiative, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic 


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


Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant. Ottawa, Canada

British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada


British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada


VADA Award. Vancouver, B.C.


B.C. Binning Drawing Scholarship. Vancouver, Canada


Helen Pitt Award. Vancouver, Canada



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


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


Teaching and Research Assistant. Department of Art History and Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Part-Time Instructor. Faculty of Digital Design, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada



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


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

Vancouver, Canada


Summer Interim Curator at Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


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


Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada