The Riverdale Hub houses three gallery spaces, located on the first, second, and third floors of the community center building. The Riverdale Hub Gallery is dedicated to employing the transformative power of art to engage Toronto’s east-end community, connect with other communities across the city, and provide a platform for local, national, and global conversations.

Shahrzad Amin: Bridge Obscura: Healing Bonds

Nov. 24th – Dec 31st, 2022
Riverdale Hub Gallery, 1st Floor

Bridge Obscura: Healing Bonds will have an opening reception on Thursday, November 24th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Shahrzad Amin will be present for an artist talk, and traditional Iranian foods and tea will be served. 

The exhibition Bridge Obscura: Healing Bonds leads the viewer’s attention to multiple layers of memory, dreams and time leveraged in the collection through Persian calligraphy, pattern-making, collage and painting. The research that informs these artworks presents a connection between both contemporary and traditional Iranian culture. Despite the political barriers, Shahrzad Amin’s practice connects various aspects of Iranian people’s lives to a global conversation. 

 Amin obtained a BFA from Tehran University of Art in 2010 and an MFA from OCADU in 2020. Her artwork has been exhibited in Tehran, Florence, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, as well as nationwide exhibits in Canada. 

This exhibition is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image: Shahrzad Amin, Healing Bonds, Mixed Media (Acrylic, Color pencil, Soft pastel, Alcohol-based ink, Cement on layers of Chinese rice paper wrapped over the wood panel), 2022

Past Exhibitions @ RIVERDALE hub

Since opening, the Riverdale Hub Gallery has hosted a variety of artistic and cultural projects, ranging from community art exhibitions featuring local artists, to participating in major arts initiatives such as Contact Photography Festival, Doors Open, and Culture Days. View an archive of some of these past exhibitions here.


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