Omar Badrin, See Me, approx. 34x15.5x11.5", 2016
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Friday January 6, 2017
Artist Talk and Closing Reception
Friday February 17, 2017
378 Aylmer Street North
Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7 - 9pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.
Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.
Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.
Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.
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