Farsi Art Gallery Tour (Toronto)
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Presentation: Sepideh Dashti
Program manager: Melika Hashemi
Theme: “Women of Today”
Friday, May 24, 2019

Our aim with facilitating Farsi tours is to renew intersectionality in and beyond various institutional settings by critiquing prominent narratives and promoting the use of our mother tongue in public spaces.
Our guide, Sepideh Dashti, will introduce us to works made primarily by Contemporary Indigenous Women artists on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Titled “Zanāné Emrooz” or “Women of Today”, this tour is designed to open perspectives and discourse surrounding art today, and the women who create it.

Sepideh Dashti is a MFA student at Western University in London, Ontario. Her artistic practice is connected to and inseparable from her cultural identity. She has found her voice allowing her to communicate how it feels to be a female diasporic woman from Iran living in and responding to western culture. In her quest to assert her individual expression and has artistic agency, she turns the lens on family, belief structures, and women’s place in society both Iran and Canada. Using video, photography, and performance, her artwork is one of the disclosure, she draws from her personal experiences to question social expectations, and self that impact the process of identity formation.