Image: Huong Anh Pham, from the series Dreambound, 2023.
BFA Graduating Exhibition 2023: Dream Safely
Tanha Binte Azam, Ayesha Beg, Kaila Bhullar, Karry Hon, Marwah Jaffar, Huong Anh Pham, Iver Smith, and Hana Steinwand
April 20 – May 6, 2023
The BFA Graduating Exhibition 2023, Dream Safely, explores what it means to be alive with humans and non-humans while each person functions through the lens of their individual positionality. Working towards a common goal of graduation, this cohort ponders the nature of the next chapters of their lives, and how the world will continue to grow alongside them. What does it mean to dream in a “post-pandemic” world? How has the perception of interconnectivity shifted and transformed in the past 4 years?
A strong and diverse community was built out of a small group. The bond was shaped by their capacity to feel and the genuine care they hold for one another. They are a group interested in theory, experimentation, culture, and science, but most importantly, it is their deep feelings that define them. The cohort contemplates uncertainty, searching for truths, and finding comfort in possibilities and in-between places.
Dream Safely is a back-handed caution filled with societal “norms,” gestures of kindness, and absurdity. Transitioning from their shared studio space into their practice as professional artists, this cohort will carry forth critical introspection into the everyday.
The artists participating in the exhibition recognize that they are uninvited guests on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. The spaces in which their practices have been developed and the tensions they are investigating are indisputably situated within settler-colonial conditions.
Wednesday, April 19 / 6 – 8PM
Open Critique with Elliott Ramsey (The Polygon)
Friday, April, 21 / 2PM
Student-led Tour with guest Bettina Matzkuhn
Thursday, April, 27 / 2PM