Matilda Aslizadeh, Golden 4, 2010, Lightjet print. Courtesy Pari Nadimi Gallery.
Matilda Aslizadeh, Golden 6, 2010, Lightjet print. Courtesy of Pari Nadimi Gallery.
Matilda Aslizadeh: Phantom Smile, installation view, 2011, SFU Gallery. Photo: Blaine Campbell.
Matilda Aslizadeh: Phantom Smile
SFU Gallery, Burnaby
January 8 – February 26, 2011
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.
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