• Artist: Zahra Saleki
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

This monumental installation, created with 100 photographs, a tree and hundreds of lanterns, will make you think about the value of each human life.

Location

Wilfrid Laurier University's Toronto Office

  • Address: 130 King St. W.
    Main Floor, Exchange Tower
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible

The Project

“Call My Name” is dedicated to the thousands of children who’ve died in wars in the Middle East. Visitors will see 100 photos of different youths, who are wearing the same clothes and running in beautiful places. But they will not see any faces in these photos. There will also be a dead tree in the middle of the room, with hundreds of small lanterns. On each lantern will be the words “He could have...” or “She could have...” Visitors will be invited to write on the lanterns and complete those stories. Then, visitors will be able to hook lanterns on the tree or place them in the room. Audiences will be asked to consider what these children’s lives might have become. These kids never really had a chance to live like kids. How can we change that legacy for our future generations?

The Artist

Zahra Saleki is an Iranian-Canadian artist. Saleki tries to shine light on subjects that matter, such as feminism, immigration and war. Her art has been presented in various spaces, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, 401 Richmond, the Ontario Science Centre and Samara Contemporary. This is her fourth Nuit Blanche installation.

Acknowledgements

Zahra Saleki would like to dedicate this project to Karrar, an 8-year-old boy who was killed in Baghdad in 2003. She also wants to dedicate it to every young person killed during wars in the Middle East.