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Published on March 1, 2022

Anahita Norouzi, winner of the 2022 Impressions residency

Anahita Norouzi. Courtesy of the artist

The MMFA and the Conseil des arts de Montréal are pleased to announce the laureate of this year’s Impressions Residency: Anahita Norouzi. This eight-week artist residency opens the door to a visual artist from one of Montreal’s cultural communities to carry out a research-creation project by bringing a unique and original perspective to one the Museum’s collections. Thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Norouzi will receive a $7,000 bursary.

Anahita Norouzi is a multidisciplinary Iranian-Canadian artist who is based in Montreal. In her practice, she explores the notions of displacement, memory and identity. Winner of the Grantham Foundation’s 2021 Grand Prize for Creation, she has exhibited her work in Germany, Canada and Iran.

In her residency, she will pursue the creation of her multi-part installation Spoken Objects: Reweaving Fractures and Ghosts, which will consist in making reconstructions based on Middle Eastern historical artifacts that have never been on display, either because they were not considered beautiful or important enough, or because they were viewed as damaged. This project represents her efforts to give viability to diasporic artifacts, and imbue them with new meanings by moving them from their locations in drawers and vaults into a new logic of associations on display.

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