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Friday, March 6, 2015 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Cultural Translation

How do culturally diverse contemporary artists operate within the context of the West? What are the translational activities that occur in such art practices?

In this presentation, I will discuss how my art practice navigates the terrains of cultural translation and draws on my experience of living in both Western and Eastern (Iranian) cultures. I will investigate the processes involved in cultural transfer and transformation by exploring the theoretical frameworks of Walter Benjamin’s concept of translation as a departure from the original, and Homi Bhabha’s notions of the Third Space and in-betweeness.

Soheila K. Esfahani

Soheila K. EsfahaniSoheila K. Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. Soheila has practiced as an artist and educator for more than ten years. She is a recipient of grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. As part of the SSHRCC grant, Soheila participated in a research/creation group entitled Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art. Soheila’s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. Currently, she is a lecturer at University of Waterloo and works from her studio at Kitchener’s artist–run centre, Globe Studios.

Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 1408
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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