Hangama Amiri, The Shore, Wind, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 91.8 x 61.0 cm. Purchased with funds from the Elisabeth Connor Endowment Fund, 2018. 2018.8
Hangama Amiri, View in Gaff Point, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 91.7 x 61.2 cm. Purchased with funds from the Elisabeth Connor Endowment Fund, 2018. 2018.9

Nova Scotia Spotlight: Hangama Amiri

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 to Sunday, 25 August 2019

Hangama Amiri is an Afghan-Canadian artist who makes paintings about childhood memory, cross-cultural dialogue, and feminism. In The Shore, Wind and View in Gaff Point, she utilizes colour and scenes of Nova Scotia’s South Shore to evoke the sublime nature of the Canadian landscape. As with previous work, here Amiri looks to her immediate surroundings as a vehicle to explore identity within a changing sense of place.

Hangama Amiri received a BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2012). She is currently completing her MFA at Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut and was a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow (2015-2016). Her work has been included in exhibitions in cities such as New York, Toronto, London, and Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the recipient of the 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteerism Award, the 2013 Portia White Protégé Award, and an honourable mention at the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2015.

The Nova Scotia Spotlight series highlights recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by artists contributing to the province’s cultural heritage. With support from Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation in Memory of Robert W. M. Manuge.

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