2022.03.26 - In Conversation with Shirin Fahimi

The craft of Precarious City Dwellers : A conversation on the Science of Sand with Shirin Fahimi and Vince Rozario

Date : Saturday March 26, 2:00-3:30PM
Location : La Centrale


La Centrale, articule and the Art Gallery of Guelph are pleased to present The craft of Precarious City Dwellers : A conversation on the Science of Sand with Shirin Fahimi and Vince Rozario on Saturday, March 26 at 2pm at La Centrale*.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dot by dot like a baby gazelle at La Centrale curated by Mitra Fakhrashrafi, from Umm al Raml's Sand Narratives solo exhibition by artist Shirin Fahimi at articule, and the exhibition Collective Offerings curated by Mitra Fakhrashrafi and Vince Rozario at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Since 2016, Shirin Fahimi has developed her practice into a body of works, multi-media installations, performances, and augmented reality series’ based on Ilm-al-Raml, the Islamic method of divination known as geomancy and translated literally as ‘’Knowledge of the Sand’’.

Join us for a conversation between artist Shirin Fahimi and Vince Rozario, co-curator of the exhibition Collective Offerings.

Shirin Fahimi is a digital media artist based in Ontario, born in Iran. She investigates colonial dichotomies of rationalism and superstition, as well as the ways in which women negotiate visibility in the political arena of Islamic societies through digital world-making. Her research is influenced by Islamic mysticism and magic in Iranian society and diasporic communities. Since 2016, she has developed her practice into a body of multimedia installations, performances, and extended reality works based on the Islamic method of divination called Ilm-al-Raml, known as geomancy. She has presented at critically recognized venues including Savvy Contemporary, Counter Pulse, and The Rubin Museum of Art. More information https://shirinfahimi.com/

Vince Rozario is an independent critic, curator, writer, arts administrator, and community organizer based in Tkarón:to/ Toronto. They have presented curatorial projects at the Art Gallery of Guelph, Xpace Cultural Centre, the Gladstone Hotel and the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre. They have published criticism in C Magazine, Momus, and ArtsEverywhere, and contributed to exhibition texts for Whippersnapper Gallery, InterAccess and Gallery 44. They were the winner of the 2018 C New Critics Award and the 2021 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. They are a co-founder of Bricks and Glitter, a grassroots, intergenerational QTBIPOC arts festival, and currently serve on the board of Whippersnapper Gallery. More information https://artgalleryofguelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Middlebrook_Announcement_2021_Winner.pdf

* La Centrale ensures that it is a safe place in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

© Shirin Fahimi, Umm al Raml 04, 2022.

➡ More information on the exhibitions :

→ La Centrale : https://www.lacentrale.org/en/programmation/dot-by-dot-like-a-baby-gazelle/

→ articule : https://www.articule.org/en/evenements/umm-al-raml

→ Art Gallery of Guelph : https://artgalleryofguelph.ca/exhibitions-detail/collective-offerings/