Babak Golkar

Vancouver, Canada

Through a variety of forms, including drawing, print, ceramics, sculpture and installation, Babak Golkar has developed a form-based dialectical investigation into human conditions of contemporary time.

A reiterative engagement with syncretic strategies has generated a practice that resides in a juxtaposition of disparate traditions. These strategies involve merging and examining originally discrete systems and forms, asserting underlying unity as well as antagonistic elements. By extension, new forms and meanings emerge from re-contextualization.

An underlying current in Golkar’s work is the inquiry into the individual’s compromise and negotiation when faced with the suppression and emotional distress of contemporary human conditions. A driving force behind recent projects has been a contention of perspective. Skewing the asserted certainty of perspective and questioning its formal grounds for reference and subsequent ideological stance. Exploring the physical position of the body in relationship to form, the physical points of reference, stance and spatial relationships, which subsequently echo a historical, cultural, political stance of mind

We are Sorry
Babak Golkar

1977 in Berkeley, USA


MFA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver


La Collection Imaginaire, Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle
In No Particular Hurry, Galeria Sabrina Amrani, Madrid
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, Edel Assanti Gallery, London

Of Labour, Of Dirt, Sazmanab, Tehran, Iran
The Return Project, Third Line Gallery, Dubai
Time To Let Go…, Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver

Dialectic of Failure, West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver
Ground for Standing and Understanding, VOLTA NY Featured Project, New York City

Parergon, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
Ground for Standing and Understanding, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver
Mechanisms of Distortion (Commissioned installation), Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Spatial Transformation, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna

Parergon, Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Parergon, C.S.A. Space, Vancouver
Black Cube: Moving Toward the Abstract Light, Sanatorium, Istanbul

Then, Now and Then, Republic Gallery, Vancouver

Dear Joseph: Happy 84th Birthday, Lobby Gallery, Vancouver

the philosophy and science of mutation, Centre A Gallery, Vancouver
Throne, XENO gallery, Vancouver


When Form Becomes Attitude, Contemporary Calgary, Canada
Mementos, Artists’ Souvenirs, Artifacts and Other Curiosities, Hotel de la Poste, Brussels
Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
T.B.A., Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values, Edel
Assanti Gallery, London
Object Oriented Apology, Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle
Teleportation, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Mass Individualism, Ab/Anbar, Tehran, Iran

Residue: The Persistence of the Real, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Crisis of History – Beyond History, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stvck, Munich
Heaven and Hell, Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium

L'avenir: La Biennale de Montréal (9th edition), Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal
La Route Bleue, National Museum Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, France
Music Palace, Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium
Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

La Route Bleue, Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium
Biennale Online

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MONOCHROME, University of Iowa Museum of Art
#COMETOGETHER, EOA Project, London
Contemporary Iranian Art, New Albion Gallery, Sydney, Australia
COME INVEST IN US, YOU’LL STRIKE GOLD, BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Jameel Prize Exhibition, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain

The Bravery of Being Out of Range, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Roaming Images: Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece
Jameel Prize Exhibitions, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Jameel Prize Exhibitions, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Expositions, Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Tension, Hezy Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Dubai, The Third Line Gallery
Art Beat, Istanbul Art Fair, The Third Line Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Contemporary, Hilger Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

Time After Time, Southern Exposure, Los Angeles
The Promise of Loss, A Contemporary Index of Iran, Arario Gallery, New York City, USA
Frieze Art Fair, The Third Line Gallery, London
Artissima, The Third Line Gallery, Turin, Italy

The Promise of Loss, A Contemporary Index of Iran, Galerie
Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Infinite Egress, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
Nuit Blanche, Toronto
Folter in der Kultur – Kultur der Folter, Artneuland Project, Berlin

My Favorite Pastime, WL-Project, Hong Kong
Prequel, Gallery Atsui, Vancouver
Cameron and Matt Robertson: Until We Have A Helicopter
Moodyville, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver
Orientalism and Ephemera, Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. / Kenderdine Art Gallery, Uiversity of Saskatchewan, SK
Interior of Design, Republic Gallery, Vancouver


Sobey Awards–Long list, Ottawa, Canada

Davidoff Art Initiative, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Nominated and shortlisted for The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize, London, UK
Nominated and shortlisted for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, London, Co-presented by The Royal College of Art, Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s Auction house

Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant, Ottawa, Canada
British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant, Victoria, Canada

British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant, Victoria, Canada

VADA Award, Vancouver, Canada.

B.C. Binning Drawing Scholarship, Vancouver, Canada

Helen Pitt Award, Vancouver, Canada