Matilda Aslizadeh: Phantom Smile

January 8 – February 26, 2011
SFU Gallery

Matilda Aslizadeh’s Phantom Smile presents a suite of six fictional female faces, each in an Edenic, misty fog of celebrity and allure. Just as individuals are a DNA blend, Aslizadeh’s creations exist in a liminal, blended state between nature and culture that adds a new twist to the history of the photographic portrait. The projection of beauty in these seemingly natural, but over-developed smiles is perhaps Hollywood’s greatest gift to popular culture. Aslizadeh’s phantom smiles mirror cinema’s performative artificiality, and reference projects such as Cindy Sherman’s, while providing a corrective to the overly elaborate schemes some have employed to make basic points about the nature of identity.

Curated by Bill Jeffries.


Opening Reception
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 3–5pm

Artist Talk: Matilda Aslizadeh
Monday, January 10, 2011, 7pm
Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Room 301 (South Building, lecture hall)
Co-sponsored by ECUAD and the SFU Gallery

Lunchtime Tours of the Exhibition
Tuesday, January 11, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Wednesday, January 12, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Thursday, January 13, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Friday, January 14, 12:05pm and 12:35pm