Mapping Memories Series and more art by Shabnam Afrand

Mapping Memories Series
48 x 36 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas
not for sale

Artist Statement
I am a multi-disciplinary artist born and educated in Tehran, Iran. As a member of the Iranian Diaspora, identity and social discourse are important conceptual anchors in my practice. During the past two decades, I have explored themes related to power, the intersection of personal and collective memory, relocation, and fragility through various bodies of work, some of which I would not have been able to realize with the same clarity if I remained in Iran. Both my methods and material choices are project-oriented. I have used painting and drawing as a tool to illustrate my memories; juxtaposed repurposed wood, found objects, and precious metals like bronze in my sculptures to destabilize preconceived material associations; and activated installations with performance in an effort to represent the complexities of human experience. My recent projects have culminated in mixed-media installations that draw heavily from my lived experience as I continue to uncover the entangled concepts of no-place and no-map, both of which I consider to be profound contributors to my own sense of self.

Artist Bio
Shabnam Afrand is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and educator, born (1976) and educated in Tehran, Iran. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from Azad University in 2001. She then later taught in the faculty of Fine Arts at Azad University from 2003 to 2010. Since the beginning of her teaching career, she has been a member of the Iranian Painters Society. Shabnam moved to Canada in 2013. She participates and collaborates in various art events and residencies in Toronto. In 2017 and 2018, Shabnam received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s RBC Arts Access Fund. She recently received the Toronto Arts Foundation RBC Space Award, was the grant recipient of the Toronto Arts Council Newcomer Refugee Artist Mentorship Program, and was accepted into the UKAI Open Residency where in her work she addressed issues of isolation and equity during the COVID pandemic. Currently, Shabnam is based in Toronto and works in continuing education at the Toronto District School Board teaching abstract painting and mixed media.

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other works by Shabnam Afrand

Untitled, 2018
36 x 24 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas

Untitled, 2021
36 x 24 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas

Untitled, 2021
36 x 24 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas

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16 x 20 inch (h x w)

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18 x 30 inch (h x w)

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9 x 12 inch (h x w)
Mixed media: gouache
pen and pencil crayon on watercolour paper


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