• Artists: Aitak Sorahitalab, Mehran Azarbad
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Don Mills

Why do people choose to migrate? Here, 100 ceramic pieces combine to address factors that made one artist emigrate from her home of 35 years.

Location

Aga Khan Museum

  • Address: 77 Wynford
    Bellerive Room.
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

Statistics can tell us the number of desperate people fleeing from Eastern countries to Western ones. But they can rarely tell us why people start those journeys. “(Im)possibilities” will reveal those reasons from the artist’s own personal life, and raise questions applicable to other lives as well. This project consists of abstract ceramic human figures that represent a person or situation in the artist’s life, a narrated soundtrack in English and Persian, and photographs of the people providing that narration. Audiences will be encouraged to deconstruct and re-install their own stories using some of the ceramic components in “(Im)possibilities.” Visitors will also hopefully recall this installation when they next hear news about immigration. A photographer will be on site to record, with permission, the audiences’ reactions. Despite best efforts, the free shuttle bus between Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Aga Khan Museum and Coxwell Station is no longer operating. All-night TTC services are available on Line 1, 2 and 3, helping audience explore the event.

The Artists

Aitak Sorahitalab is a contemporary ceramic artist based in Toronto. In her work, she tries to combine current art principles with roots of Iranian and Mesopotamian artifacts and cultures. She also works in installation, media, photography and community arts. Sorahitalab is co-founder of Airsa, a non-profit to help support newcomer artists in Toronto

Acknowledgements

Aitak Sorahitalab would like to thank participating artist Mehran Azarbad and acknowledge the support of the Aga Khan Museum.