Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There
Soheila Esfahani is an artist and cultural translator. As an Iranian Canadian, Soheila has lived in what she calls a “negotiated third space” and her artwork emerges from her reflections on this experience.
Third spaces are the social and linguistic platforms which emerge out of necessity when cultures collide, and are key for the translation of culture. The work that is done in these spaces is a service to Canadian society, and often goes unnoticed. Through this exhibit, community members are invited to observe, reflect on, and celebrate moments of cultural translation.
The exhibit consists of two installations on this theme. Most of the art included in this exhibit takes the form of blue and white porcelain, which has been claimed by various cultures and nationalities over time, adding to the poetic complexity of these works of cultural translation.
Launch reception: Tuesday October 23 at 4:30 PM in the Grebel Gallery.
Building understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous worldviews is an important step toward peace and conciliation in the Canadian context. Creating space for indigenous wisdom to guide culture and policy is an integral part of building peace and justice.
In the next Grebel Gallery exhibit, "Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring", artist Catherine Dallaire re-examines the original indigenous values in animals and plant life that are vilified by contemporary Western settler culture.
Catherine is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Anishinaabe art/culture with contemporary techniques and subjects. Catherine’s work aims to build and maintain a balanced relationship between her ancestry, and also call attention to our relations in the natural world.
We invite you to join us on January 17, at 4:00 pm to hear more about this exhibit. Please let us know you'll be attending by registering online.
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission is free.