Babak Golkar


Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he migrated to Vancouver, where obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since then, Golkar has been researching diverse subjects and cultivating a conceptual vocabulary and has developed an active career exhibiting works globally. His subjects of research have especially emerged from an interest in spatial analysis in relation to our contemporary systemic conditions that are overpowering human conditions. In merging and examining originally discrete systems and forms, asserting underlying unity as well as antagonistic elements, Golkar engages a critical inquiry into cultural and socio-economical registers.



2014 - Time To Let Go…. Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver, Canada
2014 - Time Not to Let Go…. Sazman Aab, Tehran, Iran, Curator: Elham Pouryamehr
2014 - The Return Project. Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2013 - Dialectic of Failure. West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada
2013 - Ground for Standing and Understanding. VOLTA NY Featured Project, New York City, U.S.A
2012 - Parergon. Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
2012 - Ground for Standing and Understanding. Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2012 - Friday Late Special Project. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2012 - Spatial Transformation. Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2011 - Parergon. Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2011 - Parergon. C.S.A. Space, Vancouver, Canada. Curator: Steven Tong
2011 - Black Cube: Moving Toward the Abstract Light. Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 - Then, Now and Then. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2005 - Dear Joseph: Happy 84th Birthday. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2003 - the philosophy and science of mutation. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2003 - Throne. XENO gallery, Vancouver, Canada


2014 - L'avenir: La Biennale de Montréal (9th edition). Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Director: Sylvie Fortin
2014 - La Route Bleue. National Museum Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, France
2014 - Rock the Kasbah. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium
2014 - Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
2013 - La Route Bleue. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium
2013 - T.B.D. ARC/Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
2013 - BiennaleOnline. Directed by Jan Hoet,
2012 - NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MONOCHROME. University of Iowa Museum of Art
2012 - #COMETOGETHER. EOA Projects, London UK
2012 - Contemporary Iranian Art. New Albion Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 - COME INVEST IN US. YOU’LL STRIKE GOLD. BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
2012 - Jameel Prize Exhibition. Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain
2011 - The Bravery of Being Out of Range. Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2011 - Roaming Images: Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece
2011 - Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
2011 - Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2011 - Expositions. Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 - Tension. Hezy Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. Curator: Yael Katz Ben Shalom
2011 - Art Dubai. The Third Line Gallery
2011 - Art Beat. Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey. The Third Line Gallery
2011 - Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey. Hilger Contemporary
2010 - Time After Time. Southern Exposure, Los Angeles, USA
2010 - The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Arario Gallery, New York City, USA
2010 - Frieze Art Fair. The Third Line Gallery, London, UK
2010 - Artissima. The Third Line Gallery, Turin, Italy
2009 - The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Galerie Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
2009 - ArtBasel-Miami. Hilger Contemporary
2009 - Infinite Egress. Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada. Curator: Jordan Strom
2009 - Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada
2009 - Folter in der Kultur – Kultur der Folter. Artneuland Project, Berlin, Germany
2008 - My Favorite Pastime, WL-Project, Hong Kong
2008 - Prequel. Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, Canada
2008 - Moodyville. Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
2008 - Orientalism and Ephemera. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008 - Kenderdine Art Gallery, Uiversity of Saskatchewan
2008 - Interior of Design. Republic Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


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