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b. 1977, USA

Babak Golkar Biography

Babak Golkar (b. Berkeley, U.S.A., 1977) spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he moved to Canada. He obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and has exhibited in venues internationally since graduating. Selected solo exhibitions and presentations include The Exchange Project (La Collection Imaginaire), INCA, Seattle, U.S.A. (2016); Of Labour, Of Dirt, Sazmanab, Tehran, Iran (2014); Time To Let Go..., Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver, Canada (2014); Dialectic of Failure, West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada (2013); Parergon, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. (2012) and Mechanisms of Distortion, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. (2012).

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Selected group exhibitions include Crisis of History - Beyond History, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015); Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2015); L'avenir, 9th La Biennale de Montréal, Musee d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2014); and Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2014). Golkar works and resides in Vancouver.

Babak Golkar's statement

Through a variety of forms - including drawing, print, ceramics, sculpture and installation - Babak Golkar's subjects of research have emerged from his interest in spatial analysis in relation to contemporary human conditions. Golkar has generated a practice steeped in the juxtaposition of disparate traditions and by extension, new forms and meanings emerge from re-contextualization.

A driving force behind recent projects has been a contention of perspective. Skewing the asserted certainty of perspective and questioning its formal grounds for reference, as well as subsequent ideological viewpoints, Golkar engages a critical inquiry into cultural and socio-economic systems. Exploring the physical position of the body in relationship to form, physical points of reference and spacial relationships, Golkar subsequently echoes social, cultural, political states of mind in his work.

Exhibition view: Group exhibition, Bum bum ba ye [Under Pressure], Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid (20 April–29 May 2021). Courtesy Sabrina Amrani, Madrid. 

Babak Golkar Featured Artworks

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Exposure No. 2 by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarExposure No. 2, 2020oil on canvas
82 x 155 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Exposure No. 1 by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarExposure No. 1, 2020Oil on canvas
101 x 106 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Black Squared Red Square by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarBlack Squared Red Square, 2018Lenticular print
121 x 91 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Rehearsal- Act V: Eulogy/Elegy by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarRehearsal- Act V: Eulogy/Elegy, 2019One channel video installation
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Rehearsal- Act IV: Circus by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarRehearsal- Act IV: Circus, 2019One channel video installation
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Rehearsal- Act III: March by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarRehearsal- Act III: March, 2019One channel video installation
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Rehearsal- Act II: Sirens by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarRehearsal- Act II: Sirens, 2019One channel video installation
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Rehearsal- Act I: Waltz by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork
Babak GolkarRehearsal- Act I: Waltz, 2019One channel video installation
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

Babak Golkar Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Bum bum ba ye [Under pressure] at Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid
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20 April–29 May 2021 Group exhibition Bum bum ba ye [Under pressure] Sabrina AmraniSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Group show, Ver Versus Ver II at Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid
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21 October–26 November 2020 Group show Ver Versus Ver II Sabrina AmraniSallaberry, 52, Madrid
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Ver versus ver at Sabrina Amrani, Sallaberry, 52, Madrid
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4 July–8 August 2020 Group Exhibition Ver versus ver Sabrina AmraniSallaberry, 52, Madrid

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