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Haleh Jamali's "Departure" at Toronto for the Arts & Fashion 2012 Festival

Arts & Fashion Week 2012 “fashionSCAPES” - April 24-28
213 Sterling Road, Toronto, Canada

2011, Video projection, Loop, HD, 5:00 minutes, color, for single or two channel projection.

In Departure, Haleh Jamali collaborates with a performer (Monica De Ioann) in a two large-scale simultaneous projections, which move in coordinated timing and can be projected in single or two-channel projections. The figure is set against a white ground wrapped in fabric to create different shapes, sometimes very abstract ones. Haleh always was fascinated by the relationship between women and fabric and more specifically the drapes and forms created by the veil and the invisible gaze of the veiled women. Monica here uses fabric as a symbolic means to show the struggles and sometimes the frustration of individuals who’s identity have been disguised. In her endeavour she tries to overcome the obstacles and reveal her identity.

Haleh Jamali (Iran/UK) Artist
Jamali has a fascination with all varieties of materials and has extended her artistic talent to Painting, Photography and Video making. She looks at the hidden layers beneath the visible, using the mediums of painting and installation. Jamali’s interest in portraiture and narrative stems from her desire to address the social aspects of representation, particularly as it relates to the female gender. Jamali states: “For me, the diversity, versatility, and unrivalled ability of portraits to communicate, make them an enigma. Indeed, my particular concern is to reveal the paradoxes and ambiguities behind the eyes of the portrait subject who tries to communicate emotions, arrest attention, and often express feelings of both attraction and repulsion”. Encouraging an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject, Jamali considers how an individual’s identity can be constructed in relation to Others, while simultaneously suggesting that the Self and the Other are inseparable. Jamali’s artwork appears in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recent exhibitions of her work include: Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto-Canada; Edinburgh Iranian festival, Edinburgh- UK and La Viande Gallery, London-UK.

Monica Deioanni (Italy-UK) Performer
Monica has been trained independently in contemporary dance, improvisation, dance theatre and physical theatre including Julie Stanzack (Wuppertal Tanzteater of Pina Baush) and ODIN teatret (Denmark). Monica’s interest is to perform in informal contexts with a real interaction with the audience. She state’s “Through my dance practice I engage with the expansion of body consciousness and the wisdom that dwell in every person ’s body”. She is also part of French puppets theatre company Theatre de la Camelote and has a fascination with the work with the puppets and the contemporary marionette that allow the emergence of singular and perceptible poetic universes, by investigating between the animated and in the inanimate world where movement and dance became real in its magical connotation. Monica took part in different performances nationally and internationally. Most recent performances of her include: “ENSO” at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010, “Le dedans du dehor” at Imaginative festival Rennes (France), “Dissections” -HamletZar at the 176 / Zabludowicz Collection London, “One shoe adagio” at Isola delle Meraviglie Festival Teathre Venezia, ‘Labyrinth of the Imaginary’ with Living Theatre in Naples.

"Departure" video will be available on Haleh Jamali's website after the exhibition:

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