Things that do not come by the road
UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2023
Reggie Harrold, Sarv Iraji, Ramneet Kaur, Alejandra Morales, Kitt Peacock
May 5-June 4, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the 2023 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Reggie Harrold, Sarv Iraji, Ramneet Kaur, Alejandra Morales and Kitt Peacock. This program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is limited each year to a small group of four to six artists, who over the two years foster different sensibilities developed within an intimate and discursive working environment.
Reggie Harrold is a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Fort Nelson First Nation located in Northern British Columbia, and is currently based in Vancouver. Harrold holds a BFA from UBC-Okanagan, a diploma in fashion design from the John Casablancas Institute, Vancouver and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Harrold’s practice focuses on the exploration of materiality through textiles, as well as through photography, fashion design and craft. She considers the personal, historical and material dimensions of textiles with consideration of her own Indigenous heritage that underlines all of her work.
Sarv Iraji was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Iraji holds a BA in Film Studies (2020) and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Working in the expanded field of image, their works touch on the experiences of immigration, individual and social representation of the “self,” and the influence of politics and law on identity. Iraji has expanded their research on symbolism, mysticism in Persian cultural heritage, and its representation in the collective sense.
Ramneet Kaur is a visual artist working primarily in drawing, sound and installation. Using haptic and sensorial methods of frottage, sewing, contact audio recording and gestural mark-making, her work explores connections between human and non-human bodies. Born in Punjab, India, Kaur holds a BFA from Government College of Art, Chandigarh (2019) and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. She has exhibited works at AHVA Gallery, UBC (Vancouver) and in numerous group exhibitions in India.
Alejandra Morales is a visual artist from Monterrey, Mexico, who works primarily in large-scale, figurative paintings done mostly in oil and acrylic. Morales holds a BA from McGill University (2016), studied Art Research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, museums and alternative spaces in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Spain.
Kitt Peacock is an interdisciplinary, transgender artist and settler from O’odham Jeweḍ, currently living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations. Their practice draws on folkcraft and storytelling in order to heal breakages in the transmission of gendered cultural practices to trans folks. They hold a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019) and are currently an MFA candidate in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia.