Va Artist-in-Residence

Amin Rehman

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Va Artist-in-Residence
September 2-17, 2018
Bon-Bast Studio (Isfahan, Iran)

The research project Melting Borders looks into the communities living around the porous borders of Pakistan which have been blamed for exporting terrorism regionally and internationally. It would also look into the borders of Iran and Turkey and look at the similarities and dissimilarities among each other.

Amin Rehman (Toronto, ON) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has been exhibiting since the 1980s. Rehman’s interests are primarily drawn from his experience of living in Pakistan and Canada. His work engages with and comments on the current effects of neo-colonialism and globalization, encompassing multiple artistic mediums such as installation, painting, video and neon. Originally from Pakistan, he studied at the National College of Arts (Lahore, PK), the University of Punjab (Lahore, PK), the University of Manchester (UK), and the University of Windsor (ON). Rehman has exhibited extensively in exhibitions and festivals across Canada and abroad. Recent exhibitions and awards include; Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2018); The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (2017); the Zahoor ul Akhlaq Art Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2015) McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario (2012); the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2011); the Queens Museum of Art in New York (2009); with multiple Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council grants awarded between 2008 to 2018. Rehman was the recipient of Chalmers Fellowship Award in 2008 and 2018 and was named Artist of the Year in 2005 by the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.