Dalia Amara

Dalia Amara, the Texture of Want at Mountain Gallery

MOUNTAIN is pleased to present The Texture of Want, an exhibition featuring artwork by alumni Dalia Amara and Olivia Swider. The artwork on view explores constructions of femininity, vulnerable self-reflexivity, and fallacy in the truth of images. Both artists have a background in image-making and the study of photography, but the way they synthesize that knowledge into their respective practices varies. While Amara’s work functions in the realm of photography, the content and context takes a more sculptural/performative turn. Conversely, Swider’s practice incorporates physical works and found materials to ask new questions around what constitutes an image, appropriation/ authorship, and the documentary/indexical capabilities of objects and the stories they hold. Together, these artists present a fascinating look at a postmodern approach to capturing and creating an image.

The exhibition opens February 24, 2018 and closes March 17, 2018. For more details, please click here.

Fragments, 2017

Fragments, 2017

Dalia Amara’s work hones in on the performance of femininity. In recent video works the artist turns the camera’s voyeuristic eye on herself in an examination of learned behaviors, societal expectations, and the psychological struggles of being a woman. The mirror is a testing ground and the artist inhabits a duality as both photographer and model, audience and performer. Amara’s photographic works use the conventions of photography, but the visual language of sculpture. In these works the camera captures domestic scenes and curious objects with a reference to the body in absentia. The lack of a protagonist gives these photographs an unsettling tension. Like a crime scene investigator searching for the last bit of evidence to solve the mystery.

Alum, Dalia Amara in the Group Exhibition, In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose


In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose explores internalized performative manifestations of femininity and cultural alterity imposed through social structures and societal expectations of marginalized women. Drawing loosely on ideas of Otherness as experienced by racialized minorities, this exhibition highlights the intersections of barriers faced by women of colour, and the ways in which they challenge the constructed performance of their identities. Participating artists Dalia Amara, Rah, Rajni Perera, Shellie Zhang and Tau Lewis use image-based works and installation to reflect on the signifiers and foundations of cultural and gender performance in Western society. Each project takes a unique approach to question and reform enforced binary narratives that pose limits on a fluid disposition of self. With a platform for these female artists of colour to take up space, subvert the colonial gaze and navigate through notions of otherness and performance in their work, the exhibition acts as a collective appeal to engage in further discourse on the barriers such mandated performance creates.

Dalia Amara,  I'll Be Your ____ , archival inkjet print, 2017

Dalia Amara, I'll Be Your ____, archival inkjet print, 2017

In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose

Artists: Dalia Amara, Rah Eleh, Rajni Perera, Shellie Zhang and Tau Lewis

October 27 - December 2, 2017

Opening reception: October 27, 2017 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography

401 Richmond St W #120, 

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8, Canada

For more info regarding the exhibition, please visit: https://gallery44.org/exhibitions/pursuit-perfect-pose