Omar Badrin and Zavisha Chromicz combine textile techniques and materials with familiar found objects and multi-media processes. They have developed new physical, conceptual and digital languages that honour histories and experiences of the self through expressions of vulnerability and well-being. Their work finds form in the material and the immaterial, including sculpture, performance, video and installation. Badrin and Chromicz take great care in making compellingly crafted objects and images where precision, intimacy and beauty are essential to their interests in self representation.
About Omar Badrin
Omar Badrin (he/him) is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His practice is based on his personal history. It examines identity formation through the lens of transracial adoption (the adoption of a child into a family in which the race of the adoptive parent(s) is different from their own). Badrin’s work is exhibited across Canada and internationally and has received numerous grants and awards. He has an MFA from OCAD University and is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto.
About Zavisha Chromicz
Zavisha Chromicz (they/them) self-identifies as a queer fat trans mixed Roma self-taught artist and has been making community-based mixed media and fibre art in Toronto for over 20 years. Their work explores disability in a throwaway culture and the joy of queer debauchery and honours the survivors of childhood and ancestral trauma. They have consistently made art as medicine for survival. Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto represents Chromicz.
About Sarah Quinton – Moderator
Sarah Quinton (she/her) is Curatorial Director Emeritus, Textile Museum of Canada. Her curatorial practice focuses on intersections between contemporary textiles and sculpture, photography, design and site-specific installations.
Dates & Times
1:15pm – 2:35pm
207 Queens Quay West
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Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
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