In Your Backyard

Fall 2018 Department of Art History Gallery Exhibition

Date & Time:

Monday, September 10, 2018
12:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sept. 10 - Dec. 20, 2018


Department of Art History Gallery, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Lobby

In Your Backyard, an exhibition by Katayoun Amjadi

Exhibition Reception: Sept. 14, 2018, 6 - 8 PM

Featuring work from the Domestic Affairs series, this exhibition investigates the idea of home in body, structure, and land. It explores the culturally embedded promise of security and hope engendered in the archetypal house. Offering a conceptual topography of “place,” Domestic Affairs acts as a kind of domestic archaeology.

About the Artist:

Katayoun Amjadi is an Iranian-born ceramicist and sculptor. In her artworks, she often considers the social aspirations that continually construct binaries which shape our perceptions of Self and Other, such as religion, gender, politics and nationalist ideologies. Katayoun is interested in blurring these boundaries to create a balanced hybrid style both in life and art. While cherishing the idiosyncrasies of her cultural heritage that have hitherto shaped her sense of self, she tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil involved in reconstructing a new hyphenated identity as an Iranian-American. The main source of inspiration behind her work comes from the simplest and earliest surviving man-made forms, iconic cultural images, and pre-historic artifacts. Her art is an attempt to understand the relationship between past and present, tradition and modernity, and individual versus collective identity, as well as to spur discussion about our understanding of time and the tangled roots of our histories.


Photo courtesy of Katayoun Amjadi. 

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