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Ramolen Laruan and Sepideh Dashti

March 15, 2022 - April 23, 2022

Essay by Yasmeen Nematt Alla

“Double-Edged” presents two singular stories, in a multimedia installation by Ramolen Laruan (Filipina-Canadian) and Sepideh Dashti (Iranian-Canadian). Hailing from different continents and generations, their practices draw from on-going experiences of displacement, cultural hybridity, and the traumatized female body. Using personal and marginalized methods of research, both artists start with a stitch: challenging ideas of memory, femininity and domesticity to mend a double-edged needle relationship to each artist’s respective homelands. Through material consideration, their encounter of different cultures present diaspora in their own terms, with homelands that are far, but held close.

Ramolen Laruan would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Documentation by Alison Postma