11 March 2018

Painting & Printmaking Alumna Emelina Soares Features in Vancouver Exhibition

Our alumna Emelina Soares was at the opening of "Tracing Erasure" at the AHVA Gallery at the Audain Art Centre in Vancouver, Canada, on March 9, 2018. Her work is featured in the exhibition alongside those of other students.

She graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and a Minor in Art History from VCUarts Qatar in 2015, and with an MA in Museum and Gallery Practices from University College London in Qatar in 2017. Her work has been shown at exhibitions including “Contemporary Art – Qatar” at Kraftwerk Berlin in 2017; the Fire Station: Artists in Residence Exhibition in 2016, “Alternative Realities” at Katara Art Center in 2014. Emelina is currently a student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver. 

“”Shifting Relations” is a compilation of designs from Indian Portuguese and Qatari rugs that together form this sand piece and I invite my audience to physically manifest their metaphorical interactions with myself onto the sand piece by leaving their gestures of walking or drawing....evolving the design over time” Emelina said, explaining her work.

The "Tracing Erasure" exhibition considers how the intertwined processes of destruction and production affect perceptions of the past and the present, intervening in the political, the social, the personal, and the historical. It re-examines linear conceptions of time and place. 

Visitors to the exhibition are asked to consider how these preconceived notions may belie the complexities in the interactions between history, culture, and identity; as the included artworks layer temporalities, spatialities, and materialities, the interaction with the viewer becomes one more layer in the intricacies of the art.

The exhibition brings together the work of five graduate students from Vancouver’s three graduate fine arts programs. Besides Emelina, the other artists are Fadwa Bouziane, Maj Britt Jensen, Mandana Mansouri, and Madiha Sikander

The included artists probe the intimate and dynamic processes of cultural mediation to ask how we give shape to our histories and how our histories shape us.

The exhibition is presented as part of the 41st annual AHVA Graduate Symposium in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia.

The exhibition runs until March 29, 2018.

Emelina at the opening of "Tracing Erasure" on March 9, 2018.

"Tracing Erasure" brings together the work of five graduate students from Vancouver’s three graduate fine arts programs. Besides Emeilina, the other artists are Fadwa Bouziane, Maj Britt Jensen, Mandana Mansouri, and Madiha Sikander.

Emelina preparing her work at “Contemporary Art – Qatar” at Kraftwerk Berlin in December 2017.

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