Internationally acclaimed artist Farheen HaQ creates visible poetics. The Victoria-based video/performance artist and photographer crafts a visual representation of humanity, and her body of work is reminiscent of the context, ambiguity and intimate sexuality found in Jeanette Winterson novels. As with Winterson, she draws parallels between ritual, gesture, gender and cultural depictions of the body. The time-based visionary unravels her work and self at the Khyber, as the visual voyage opens in November.
"I am moved by landscape, the human body, movement, spirituality and the rituals we create," says HaQ. "These all inform my art practice. I am inspired to play with these ideas and examine, and re-examine them, particularly with cultural constructs such as ritual or religion." The artist studies how such practices take hold of our bodies and psyches as she ponders the conundrum of believing and practicing. This development is simultaneously restrictive and empowering. She explores this contradiction in her compelling 5 minute video-loop entitled "(un)covering," as she presents an ethnic woman, stone-faced, ritualistically wrapping cloth around her head. She further develops her fabric fascination in the three-channel video installation "Endless Tether," a seven-minute film clip of red material being suggestively wrapped around a female figure, signifying the fluidity of sexuality.
November 3-December 8, opening reception November 3 at Khyber Institute for Contemporary Arts, 1588 Barrington, 422-9668, www.khyberarts.ns.ca