Title: Dome of Secret Desires 2012
Dimensions: 5:00
Notes: Video
Country: Canada/Afghanistan

BIOGRAPHY

Hangama Amiri was born in 1989 and grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan before immigrating to Canada in
2005. She graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA (Major in Fine Arts) in 2012 and has exhibited her paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her first solo exhibition, The
Wind-Up Dolls of Kabul, was displayed at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in the fall of 2011. Amiri has won the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Voluntarism Award, received an honourable mention for the 2008 Newcomer Achievement Award and a Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage Grant recipient in 2012. Currently she completed a one year long-term artist in residency program in Lunenburg NS, and continues maintaining an Art Studio there.

Fazila Amiri, director (IMDb profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5101689/), was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1988. She graduated from NSCAD University with BFA (film production) in Canada in 2012. Her short films PAAIZEB (The Anklet), GERREH (The Knot), and DOME OF SECRET DESIRES have been presented in Canada and abroad, recently at the 7th International Arte Laguna Prize (Italy), 41st Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), 12th Dhaka International Independent Film Festival (Bangladesh), 31st Atlantic Film Festival (Canada). Currently she is in pre-production of her first feature film to be shot in Afghanistan

ARTISTS STATEMENT

Dome of Secret Desires: In 2012, visual artists Fazila Amiri and Hangama Amiri produced a body of six channelled video art on the subject of Afghan Feminism. Each sequence consists of a Burqa-clad woman in a war-torn dome, who fearlessly experiments with an object of her desire such as lipstick, high heels or hookah under the Taliban.

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