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  • A group of people stand to the left side of the image watching and listening to a speaker. They are gathered around several soft sculptures that resemble luggage.

    Hangama Amiri, Home is Flux, soft sculpture installation, 2023. Image by Karen Asher.

  • Several soft sculptures that resemble luggage are stacked together. The words "Carry your Story" are embroidered across them.

    Hangama Amiri, Home is Flux, soft sculpture installation, 2023. Image by Karen Asher.

  • Several soft sculptures that resemble luggage are stacked together. Landscapes, cartoon characters, and other images are printed and embroidered onto them.

    Hangama Amiri, Home is Flux, soft sculpture installation, 2023. Image by Karen Asher.

  • Strings attaching soft sculptures to ceiling of train station in various colours.

    Hangama Amiri, Home is Flux, soft sculpture installation threads (detail), 2023. Image by Karen Asher.

Hangama Amiri

Kabul, Nova Scotia, Ontario, & New York

Hangama Amiri, Home is Flux, soft sculpture.

Hangama Amiri works predominantly in textiles to examine notions of home, as well as the ways in which gender, social norms, and larger geopolitical conflict impact the daily lives of women, both in Afghanistan and in the diaspora. Her recent bodies of work have taken a new turn of narratives and a new lens on the domestic spaces created by the Afghan people as a response to political controls. Continuing to use textiles as the medium, Amiri searches to define, explore, and question these spaces. The figurative tendency in her work is due to her interest in the power of representation, especially of those objects that are ordinary to our everyday life, such as a passport, a vase, or celebrity postcards.

Hangama Amiri holds an MFA from Yale University where she graduated in 2020 from the Painting and Printmaking Department. She received her BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow at Yale University School of Art and Sciences (2015-2016). Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally in New York City, Toronto, France, Italy, London (UK), and Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2015, her painting Island of Dreams won a runner-up honorable mention at RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Amiri was also an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity (Fall 2017), Joya AiR Residency Program in Almería, Andalucía, Spain (Winter 2017), World of CO Residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria (Spring 2018), and at Long Road Projects in Jacksonville, Florida (Summer 2019).

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Acknowledgments

We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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