Finding Peace in a Hyphenated world
Lotus Gallery is proud to present the following local artists from Edmonton, Canada:
Linda Ozromano is a 2017 recipient of the Edmonton Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity in the Arts Project Grant established by the City of Edmonton. As a first generation Turkish-Canadian with roots in the Jewish community, she encounters the effects of a hyphenated identity. By co-curating Finding Peace in a Hyphenated World project, she shares both her story and those of other hyphenated individuals from diverse communities in Edmonton as a way to contribute to art, culture, heritage and reconciliation between many layers of identities. She believes that exchanging stories and communicating experiences through art have a healing impact on individuals and communities. Her photographic series and installation Grandma’s House document her grandparents’ house in Turkey while exploring themes such as hyphenated identity, roots, heritage, and a sense of home and belonging. Her work has been a healing tool for her to share her personal narrative in response to dealing with emotions of grief and loss. Based on her photographic journal in Istanbul, her accompanying series uncovers the many faces, mixed identities, opposing beliefs, and never-ending melancholy of the city.
Born and raised in Turkey, Linda Ozromano experienced a rich mosaic of culture, history and religion. She collaborates with local and international artists on community art projects to address societal issues and held photographic exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton. She focuses on storytelling, social documentary, and travel photography.
Cristina Baldan’s photographic series My Life in Boxes is a personal exploration of her family’s first-hand experiences with interculturality during their 18-year journey across five continents. She explores the cultures encountered, engages in self-discovery, and reconciles the grief related to the multiple losses experienced by her family throughout their journey.
Cristina Baldan travelled and lived across five continents for over 18 years before settling down with her family in Alberta. Through her photography, she engages in a process of self-discovery and reflection. She is passionate about topics related to identity, migration, multiculturalism, and encounters amongst different people and cultures.
Semo Gold’s sculptured paintings explore themes pertaining to homeland, ancestral roots, nature, and the human condition. Mixing elements found in nature with details of his own imaginings, he invents his own distinctive colours, shapes, forms, and textures, which come through his paintings as unique creations. His artwork explores emotions related to loss, displacement, and many facets of his cultural identity.
Semo Gold studied at the Adham Ismail Center for Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria. In 2018, he participated in Visual Arts Alberta’s artist mentorship program. Currently, he teaches art classes through the Syrian Heritage Association of Canada. His artwork addresses themes pertaining to his home country, nature, and human condition.
Isaiah Rust’s photographic series explores loss, grief, self-identity, and the interplay between these themes with the past. Capturing evocative snapshots of community in different countries, his photography considers the fluidity and complexity of what “home” means and how it varies from one individual to the next.
Edmonton-based photographer Isaiah Rust depicts life’s unique and beautiful moments through portraiture, architecture, and landscape work. His work has appeared in public art installations at le Centre d’arts visuels d’Alberta (CAVA) and the University of Alberta. He has taught photography workshops and is a member of CAVA’s 2018-2019 consultation committee.