Spring 2024 Exhibitions at Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Soheila Esfahani, Who Slipped the Slide in Your Carousel? Version II, slide projection, 2024. Courtesy of the artist.

Soheila Esfahani: Are you buying these with loonies or toonies?

March 9 – May 25, 2024

Are you buying these with loonies or toonies? is a solo exhibition of multimedia work by Soheila Esfahani that responds to the question “where are you from?”, which many immigrants are often asked, by exploring Tom Thomson’s paintings through a diasporic lens. It reflects on how concepts of culture are constructed and the third space; a postcolonial sociolinguistic theory of identity that positions each person as a unique, hybrid being.

About the Artist:

Soheila Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from University of Waterloo and a Master of Fine Arts from Western University. Esfahani is an award-winning visual artist and recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. She is a recipient of 2016 Waterloo Region Arts Awards and was nominated for the Jameel Prize at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK in 2015. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally including at the Aga Khan Museum, Canadian Cultural Centre Paris, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Cambridge Art Galleries among others, and has been collected by various public and private institutions, including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. Recently, Esfahani has designed a limited mintage coin for the Royal Canadian Mint’s Celebrating Canada’s Diversity Collection. She is an Assistant Professor at Western University in London, Ontario and is a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto.

Racquel Rowe, Bodies of Water, 2023. Filmed by Malik Mings and featuring Kesean Abrams. Courtesy of the artist.

Racquel Rowe: Saltwater Cures All

March 23 – June 1, 2024
Panel Discussion & Opening Reception: March 23, 1 – 4 pm

Filmed in multiple locations across Barbados and Southern Ontario, Waterloo based performance and video artist Racquel Rowe describes Saltwater Cures All, as “a body of work birthed between multiple places both physically and metaphorically…the works conceptually explore the formation of the Black Atlantic, Caribbean folklore and myths, personal, and familial connections to the sea, relationships between Black people and water, and the idea of rebirth.”

About the Artist:

Racquel Rowe is an interdisciplinary artist from the island of Barbados currently residing in Canada. She has exhibited widely across the country and holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo and a BA(Hons) in History and Studio Art from the University of Guelph. Her practice is continuously influenced by many aspects of history, matrilineal family structures, diasporic communities, and her upbringing in Barbados. Her work takes the form of performance, video, site-specific work, and installation.

Related Programming:

Panel Discussion with Racquel Rowe and Soheila Esfahani
March 23, 1 – 2 pm

Opening Reception
March 23, 2 – 4 pm

For more information about our current exhibitions, please visit our website.

About Tom Thomson Art Gallery

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery develops exhibitions and programs that enrich the region and contribute to national visual arts discourse. We promote and support emerging and professional artists, advocate for the creative sector, and actively research, preserve, develop, and exhibit the collection to promote scholarship and to generate and explore new ideas. We are committed to welcoming and inspiring people of all representations, ages, backgrounds, and abilities.


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