Helen Cho, To All Sentient Beings (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Conversation: Helen Cho and Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Saturday, February 22, 2pm
Audain Gallery

Poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji will engage Cho in conversation, reflecting on shared concerns in their work. From pressuring practices of listening to become acts of witnessing, to accounting for the psychic and political tolls of migration, both Cho and Hafiz Ramji are invested in how emotional landscapes can be concretized through artistic practice. In exploring how these concerns differently signify through the written word and through moving images, this conversation will explore where and how the agency of the subject can take root.

Helen Cho is a Toronto based artist whose practice spans sculpture, video, performance, drawing, text, and photography, and draws from translations of language, tradition and the sites and materials of everyday habits. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK) and has exhibited internationally. 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, 2019 BC Book Prizes, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poetry has recently appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, THIS magazine, and is forthcoming in Maisonneuve. Her essays have recently appeared in Canadian Literature and Carte Blanche, and her fiction has appeared in subTerrain and The Humber Literary Review. She is a columnist for Open Book and is at work on a novel.