The things they carried curated by Tairone BastienMirrors of Babel - Ellesmere Station - AM I OKAY?, 2018
Photo: Rendering by the artist
Tabban Soleimani - Toronto, Canada
AM I OKAY? is an installation by Tabban Soleimani at Ellesmere Station. It is one of five works in stations along the SRT created by Toronto-based artists in response to eL Seed’s multi-part installation Mirrors of Babel. The SRT has been an important graffiti site for decades, with dozens of works covering buildings, underpasses and train cars along its path. These five works frame a journey between Toronto and Scarborough, interpreting the story of Babel into five distinct visual languages.
Soleimani’s immersive work employs figures that tumble across multiple surfaces and text that stems from a life-altering moment in the artist's life, capturing a faded but significant memory of what it feels like to be helpless and confused.
Graffiti art has been an integral part of Toronto’s urban landscape since the late 80's, characterized by its diversity, rooted in the city’s marginalized communities. Despite being criminalized, graffiti has become an important part of the wider discourse around public art, as writers have explored new styles and means of telling stories about themselves and their communities.
Soleimani wishes to dedicate this installation to her family and to one of her dear friends lost to suicide.
Tabban Soleimani is an award-winning, published and Forbes-featured artist with a portfolio of clients including the United Nations, Nike, Amnesty International and more. Known for bold graphic mark-making, Soleimani’s practice ranges from paintings, drawings and murals to creative direction. Her work uncovers moments that drive human anxieties and decisions. Having exhibited in both Toronto and Brooklyn, Soleimani blurs the boundaries between fine and commercial art.
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1025 Ellesmere Road
Suitable for all ages
This project is indoors.