From May 07 2008 to May 09 2008
SARAH BADRAN, Montreal
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse presents Inside Out an exhibition by Concordia MFA Candidate Sarah Badran. Inside Out, is an outdoor installation that examines themes of mass production, waste and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The installation, presented as an outdoor living room in the back courtyard of the gallery, investigates the values assigned or stripped from domestic objects, the adoption of permanent architecture and shelter. It also explores the separation between what is considered the inside and the outside questioning whether these spaces are separated by architecture or by feelings of comfort, security and privacy. The furnishings in Badran’s living room are made of readily disposed objects which she has collected. By using “garbage” as raw material, she addresses the “western” conceit – the disposable. Also invoking contained artificial environments such as fish tanks, bird cages and potted plants which give the semblance of being outside, she explores the imposed control we have on our natural environment and immediate surroundings. Badran invites viewers to use the space as they would in there own home ; sit and have a coffee, chat with friends or just sit and observe how these objects change when placed in a different context. Sarah Badran completed her BFA at the University of Waterloo in 2004. She currently resides in Montreal and is an MFA candidate specializing in sculpture at Concordia University and has exhibited in Montreal, Toronto and Waterloo, Ontario.