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b. 1977, United States

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.

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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.

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Scream Pot #27, #25, #35, #10 and #6 by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork ceramics
Babak Golkar Scream Pot #27, #25, #35, #10 and #6, 2013 Wheel-thrown terracotta cones
20 x 50 x 10 cm
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Untitled (Dome of the Rock) by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Babak Golkar Untitled (Dome of the Rock), 2011 Wood, acrylic, lacquer
172 x 100 x 54 cm
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If you're going through hell, keep going. Churchill by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork sculpture, drawing
Babak Golkar If you're going through hell, keep going. Churchill, 2017-2019 Ink on vinyl, metal rods
213 x 204 cm
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Rehearsal by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork moving image
Babak Golkar Rehearsal, 2019 Five channel video installation
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Arranged/Rearranged with Deranged by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork sculpture, print, ceramics
Babak Golkar Arranged/Rearranged with Deranged, 2014 Digital print on archival photo paper laminated and mounted, glazed ceramic vase, fake flowers, concrete, international selection of coins
104 x 152 cm
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Spring with Mission Accomplished by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, installation, mixed media, textile, moving image, ceramics, nft
Babak Golkar Spring with Mission Accomplished, 2014 Inkjet on watercolour paper, wax, cotton, wood
57 x 95 cm
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Backyard Wars by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork sculpture, photography
Babak Golkar Backyard Wars, 2014 Laminated C-print on metallic paper, Metal, acrylic paint, wood, plexiglass, mirror
40 x 50 cm
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Exposure No. 2 by Babak Golkar contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Babak Golkar Exposure No. 2, 2020 oil on canvas
82 x 155 cm
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