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Light Times with Sanaz Mazinani at Stephen Bulger Gallery

  • Sanaz Mazinani - Study in the Vertical #30, 2003
December 27, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

An Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary visual artist, curator and educator best known for her photography and installation art, Sanaz Mazinani explores how repetition and pattern make information legible, transform seeing into knowing, with the possibility of altering people’s worldview. Inviting a rethinking of how we see, her works suspend the viewer between observation and knowledge.

Her latest body of work will soon be on view in a third solo show at Stephen Bulger Gallery. Titled Light Times, the exhibition explores a technical history of photography in an effort to analyze visual language, perception, and the contemporary consumption of images. Working with a set of unique light exposures, Mazinani created camera-less photographs which reappear across different media – unmade, reconstituted and recontextualized as sculpture, scent, sound, or technical print.

Study in the Vertical #11, 2002,
Left: Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #11, 2002 / Right: Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #23, 2002. © Sanaz Mazinani / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery

Exploring the History of Photography

According to the artist and Mary Hogan, in this new body of work Sanaz Mazinani explores the transformation of the three-dimensional into the photographic place, placing focus on visual shifts that occur when information is translated through the use of different media. Constructed in the darkroom with light and photographic paper, these simple abstractions are process driven and utilize a range of methodologies and photographic tools from early photographic history to today.

Considering the discipline’s material capacity to register and document, the artist draws attention to new realities that form when the recorded information is aestheticized. By framing representations of the physical world, registering a singular perspective, and recording the ephemeral, Mazinani creates and constructs a relationship to reality.

Study in the Vertical #31, 2003
Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #31, 2003. © Sanaz Mazinani / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery

Collaborations

The show will be accompanied by a sound composition playing from a vinyl record on a turntable in the gallery, on which Sanaz Mazinani collaborated with Mani Mazinani. Titled Shift, it addresses the changes that take place in sight, memory and perception over time and space. The Shift LP will be released on Aerophone Recordings in late February.

The unique environmental fragrance that the viewers can scent in the gallery is the result of a collaboration with perfumer Ayala Moriel. The ILLUME fragrance is a poetic response to the experience of the photographic moment and the function of time’s erasure of that original experience.

Other collaborations in for this show include technicians and artists such as Mary Hogan, Mike Robinson, Bob Carnie, Naomi Dodds, Taimaz Moslemian, Horst Herget, and Jacob Horwood, who used their craft to make a selection of the other pieces in this exhibition.

Study in the Vertical #27, 2003,
Left: Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #27, 2003 / Right: Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #15, 2002. © Sanaz Mazinani / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery

Sanaz Mazinani Exhibition at Stephen Bulger Gallery

The exhibition Light Times will be on view at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto from January 12th until February 23rd, 2019. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 12th, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The guided tour of the exhibition with Sanaz Mazinani will take place on Saturday, January 12th, at 3 p.m. The record launch and closing reception will take place on Saturday, February 23rd, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Featured image: Sanaz Mazinani – Study in the Vertical #30, 2003. © Sanaz Mazinani / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery.