Nedda Baba’s MFA Thesis Exhibition From Protests to Pomegranates is a performative installation ruminating on origins, objects, and transformative possibilities. How do we resolve our resistances in diaspora and unravel our inclinations towards belonging? This body of work explores symbolic transformations of various ancestral objects, queering the relationship to them and to belonging itself. Appropriating the act of wheatpasting, photographs of playful hand gestures with these objects are repeatedly applied and torn off the walls in a cyclical process of doing and undoing. Straddling this are passing conversations with visitors over a bowl of pomegranates and strange materializations of drafting stencils. Both the fruit and the tools, though seemingly disparate, simultaneously share a history of functioning as affective placeholders for a distant familial past – a history that is in the process of unbinding in this work. This exhibit is a working template for understanding the potential of reorientations in postcolonial diasporic space.
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Nedda Baba is a Toronto-based artist and a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Art candidate at York University. Her practice vacillates between images, objects, performances, and interactive installations. Nedda has exhibited and performed in several spaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and Montreal. In 2014 she was nominated for The State Hermitage Museum Young Artists Program and was a finalist for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize scholarship.
From Protests to Pomegranates
April 19 – 21, 2018
Saturday, April 21 from 6 – 9 PM
The performances will be ongoing throughout the duration of the exhibit.
187 Augusta Ave
Thursday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM or by appointment. For more information, please contact email@example.com
* Please note that the gallery will be temporarily closed from 1 – 3 PM on Friday the 20th.