Babak Golkar
TIME TO LET GO…, 2014
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

In this installation, Babak Golkar investigates screaming as a release, gesture and form of contestation. By relocating the act of screaming from the private to the public sphere, the artist underlines how much “letting go” has to do with exposing one’s vulnerability. Here, this vulnerability is expressed not only by the participants’ scream into the terracotta vessels, but also through the use of the fragile medium.

If it is commonly agreed that we live in a time when systemic conditions overpower our basic human needs, there still remains a memory of a time when we were conscious of such conditions’ human origins. TIME TO LET GO… directly addresses how power structures reshuffle the relationship between subjectivity, ever increasing alienation and loss of agency. With this work, the artist asks: is there any room left for active and reflective thought? How can one engage in affective criticism? Are systems in effect muting us?

Originally presented in the heart of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by high-end, high-rise residences, hotels and commercial buildings, TIME TO LET GO… acted as a platform for participants to both express themselves and perform vulnerability in a public place, asserting how art continues to allow for what is not fully acceptable in daily life.
– ML

Babak Golkar, Time to Let Go... 2014, site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, April 25 to September 28, 2014 (courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai; collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery; photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery)
Babak Golkar, Time to Let Go... 2014, site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, April 25 to September 28, 2014 (courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai; collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery; photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery)
Biography

Born in Berkeley in 1977, Babak Golkar spent most of his formative years in Tehran. In 1996, he immigrated to Vancouver, where he now lives and works.

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver (2013); Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE (2012); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2012); Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2012); and Sanatorium Project, Istanbul (2011). It has also been included in group shows such as ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2013); BrotKunsthalle, Vienna (2012); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2011); and Southern Exposure, Los Angeles (2010).  In 2014, his work will be on view in Villa Empain/La Fondation Boghossian, Brussels. He will also present his work in Tehran for the first time, in a solo exhibition at Sazman Ab Gallery. In 2011, he was nominated and short-listed for the Jameel Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Babak Golkar is represented by The Third Line, Dubai.

www.babakgolkar.ca