Artist Sara Gulamali speaks with Burrard Arts Foundation’s gallery manager, Andrea Valentine-Lewis, about the new work she created during her Winter residency at BAF – work that is reflective of the artist’s recent relocation to Vancouver, and how she in turn, navigates this new beginning.
Gulamali’s exhibition runs from April 1 – June 11, 2022.
Sara Gulamali is a Vancouver based artist, curator and co-founder of the Muslim Sisterhood. A graduate of BA Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Gulamali’s practice has explored green screen technology to address the paradoxical hyper-visibility and invisibility of Muslim women. Gulamali’s practice takes influence from reflections of her personal identity and the migrations of her family history, occasionally using satirical humour as a way to digest these topics. Her work has been included in: Normal to Dissent, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins; Archiving Bodies, Chelsea School of Art, London (2018); Beauty of Being British Asian, The Old Truman Brewery, London; Resistance is Female, with Zeinab Saleh, various locations, New York City (2017); and has been featured in the Tate Exchange programme three times between 2017 and 2019. As a co-founder of the collective Muslim Sisterhood Gulamali has diversified the image of muslim womxn and rejected prejudiced Western narratives. Partnering with Between Borders in 2019 the collective published a zine and most recently in 2020 was included in the Dazed 100. With fellow Central Saint Martins alumni Samboleap Tol, Gulamali co-curated the exhibition and events programme The Age of New Babylon, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London (2018), featuring twenty-two students and graduates addressing aspects of otherness. She has spoken at UCL and the Bush Theatre on subjects of beauty, sisterhood and diaspora politics.
Event is free, and will take place over Instagram live.