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The Checklist: Mona Sahi's What If I Knew? at Harcourt Home confronts brutality in Iran

“The precise variety of bullet shells is greater than that as a result of the regime by no means stopped killing folks. That is why the set up titled 1500+.”

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Two new exhibits are up at Harcourt Home artist-run centre downtown, every exploring conceptually fascinating but uncomfortable territory.

Utilizing her work of slaughterhouse animals she calls “self portraits” as a metaphor for violence and evil in her house Iran, Mona Sahi’s first Canadian solo present What If I knew? confronts rising brutality again house and certainly past, together with Ukraine.

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The centrepiece of the present, 1500+, is a collection of sculpted bullets organized in black sand in particular response to the crackdown on nationwide protests in Iran in 2019-2020.

“Folks went to the streets for peaceable protest due to the worth of fuel and the federal government massacred 1800 folks,” explains Sahi. “The black sand is an emblem for oil. Individuals are dying for it, we’re dropping our lives.

The precise variety of bullet shells is greater than that as a result of the regime by no means stopped killing folks. That’s why the set up titled 1500+,” explains Sahi.

There’s additionally an audio piece simulating the sound of somebody drowning, and a collection of work of embryos with the present’s title, posing the philosophical-ethical query of killing a child Hitler to avoid wasting different lives.

The 35-year-old Sahi got here to Edmonton a pair years in the past for college together with her accomplice — earlier than the most recent spherical of atrocities surrounding the demise of Mahsa Amini — however felt she couldn’t keep quiet.

“Leaving as an immigrant was very onerous, and I used to be considering of various methods to assist folks,” says Sahi. “I wished to do one thing for my folks in Iran. And I wish to convey European and Western consideration to the difficulty.”

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She attributes the final quote to Mohamad Moradi, an Iranian scholar in France who drowned himself within the Rhone river to alert the world about Iran’s ongoing, hope-destroying troubles.

Guests have the choice to put on a blindfold over one eye in solidarity with protestors intentionally shot within the eyes.

Julian Forrest’s present, in the meantime, offers with isolation in place utilizing symbolic avatars — resembling his recurring, out-of-place brown bear and flaming lunar lander, tugging at discomfort.

“I feel my work is all the time taking a look at constructing one thing up and tearing one thing down,” he says. “So this present’s referred to as Collapse (Into Now). And so it’s kind of about the place we discover refuge in moments the place issues are falling aside.”

Each compelling exhibits are up by Sept. 9 at Harcourt Home (3rd flooring, 10215 112 St.), donations all the time welcome.


8/3: ArtWalk St. Albert 2023 (Varied places)

8/10-24: Mary Joyce’s Summer season Swimmers (Bugera Matheson)

8/12-11/4: Furnishings (Alberta Craft Gallery)

Via 8/13: Lana Whiskeyjack’s kisikayastew ᑭᓯᑲᔭᐢᑌᐤ…when the night time shines just like the day (AGA)

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Via 8/13: William Hogarth: Gone to the Canines (AGA)

Via 8/19: Summer season Group Exhibition (Peter Robertson)

8/24 – 9/16: Shana Wilson’s Presenting Herstory (Peter Robertson)

Via 9/10: Julian Forrest’s Collapse (Into Now) (Harcourt)

Via 9/19: Mona Sahi’s What If I Knew? (Harcourt)

Via 8/31: Jai Tanninen and Lesley Marshall’s POSTMODERNISM (Miller)

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24/4/29: Uii Savage: Celestial Passage (AGA)


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11/19: Christine Sinclair (Edmonton Conference Centre)


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8/10, 13: Mike Dambra (Comedian Strip)

8/11-12: Joe Dombrowski (Comedian Strip)

8/16: David Nihill (Comedian Strip)

8/17-20: Drew Dunn (Comedian Strip)

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8/26: Dan Soder (Comedian Strip)

9/2: Nurse Blake (Jubilee)

9/13: Dara Ó Briain (Myer Horowitz)

9/15: Zarna Garg (River Cree)

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9/16: Chris D’Elia (Jubilee)

10/21: Leland Klassen, Mike Goodwin, Jonnie W. (Winspear)

11/4: Ken Jeong (River Cree)

11/11: John Crist (Jubilee)

11/30: Jeff Dunham (Rogers)

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8/3-6: Edmonton Indigenous Trend Week (River Cree)

Via 9/10: Perpetual Movement; Early Journey and Transport in Central Alberta (Musée Héritage Museum)

Via 10/9: The Artwork of the Brick (TWOSE)

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8/5-7: Edmonton Heritage Competition (Edmonton Expo Centre)

8/8-9/3: Freewill Shakespeare Competition (Edmonton Expo Centre)

8/10-13: Edmonton Folks Music Competition (Gallagher Park)

8/11-13: Cariwest (Churchill Sq.)

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8/12: Edmonton Delight Float (Terwillegar Park)

8/17-27: ESO Outdoor (Varied Venues)

8/17-27: Edmonton Worldwide Fringe Theatre Competition (Previous Strathcona)

8/17-27: ESO Outdoor (Varied places)

8/18: OPM Summer season Fest (Union)

8/18-26: Edmonton Delight Competition (Varied venues)

8/23-26: Symphony at Snow Valley (Rainbow Valley)

8/25-27: Purple Metropolis Music Competition (Varied venues)

8/25-27: Edmonton Blues Competition (Re/Max Discipline)

9/1-3: CEMR MetalFest (Rendezvous Pub)

9/9: Tremendous Pleasant Fest (Halfway)

9/15-17: Kaleido Household Arts Competition

9/21-23: Play the Idiot Theatre Competition

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9/21-10/1: Edmonton Worldwide Movie Competition (Landmark Cinema 9 and Metro)

10/20: The Rocky Horror Image Present that includes Barry Bostwick, the unique Brad Majors (River Cree)

10/29: Soiled Dancing in Live performance (Jubilee)

11/8: 299 Queen Avenue West: The A lot Music Expertise Tour (Winspear)

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8/3: Sympa César (Aviary)

8/4: Avenged Sevenfold, Alexisonfire (Rogers)

8/4: Face the Earth, Self-importance Hour (Aviary)

8/5: Cindy Lee, Freak Warmth Waves (Aviary)

8/5: Daniel Moir (Black Canine)

8/8: Ce Qui Nous Traverse, Pigeon Breeders (Aviary)

8/9: 96 Bitter Beings (Starlite)

8/10: Hardball, Take Sides, Pizza Tub, Umi Yokai (Buckingham)

8/11: The Golers, Bogue Brigade (Temple)

8/12: Gloom, Our Final Campaign (Temple)

8/12-13: Bella White (EFMF)

8/13: The Carpoolers, Goodnight Dawn (Temple)

8/15: Rod Stewart, Low cost Trick (Rogers)

8/17: Tanika Charles, Melafrique (Soho)

8/17: Kip Moore, MacKenzie Carpenter (Halfway)

8/18: ESO Outdoor (Fortress Downs Park)

8/18: Opera Al Fresco (U of A Botanic Backyard)

8/18: The Velveteins (Starlite)

8/19: Age or Ashes, The Decide (Starlite)

8/19: Don Berner Huge Band (Borden Park)

8/19: Carly Pearce (River Cree)

8/19: Titilope Sonuga, Melafrique, Key 30 Orchestra (Triffo)

8/22: Blue Rodeo (Jubilee)

8/23: Batushka, Swallow the Solar (Starlite)

8/25: Blanke (Halfway)

8/25: OFF!, Bootlicker, Bat Scratch, Vibes, Unwashed, Useless Fibres, HARSH, Kroovey Rookers (Starlite)

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8/25: Milky Probability (Jubilee)

8/26: Augurium (Rendez Vous Pub)

8/26: NF, Cordae (Rogers)

8/26: Ringo Deathstar, Frankie (Starlite)

8/27: Collective Soul (Halfway)

8/27: Mild Asylum, Pixel Grip (Starlite)

8/31: One other Joe (Buckingham)

9/1: Mackenzie Porter (River Cree)

9/1: Uncle Waffles (Halfway)

9/1-2: ESO’s Disney in Live performance: A Dream is a Want (Churchill)

9/3: Shumaila Hemani and the Sufi Ensemble (CO*LAB)

9/3: Navaan Sandhu (Halfway)

9/7: Mike Plume Band (Starlite)

9/8: The Chicks, Maren Morris (Rogers)

9/9: Pink Mountaintops (The Dive Bar)

9/11: 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Jeremih (Rogers)

9/14: Belvedere, The Devils Sons, Regal Foul (Buckingham)

9/15: Barbie Rave (Halfway)

9/16: Dax (Halfway)

9/19: U.S. Ladies (Starlite)

9:21: Jinjer (Halfway)

9/22: King (Halfway)

9/23: Bez Obmezhen (Union)

9/23: Beast In Black (Starlite)

9/24: Bonnie Raitt, Royal Wooden (Jubilee)

9/24: Destroyer, Wayfinding (Starlite)

9/24: Vaughan and Mates Quartet Fest 2023 w/ Josephine van Lier (Holy Trinity Anglican Church)

9/30: Iron Maiden (Rogers)

10/1: Barnes Courtney (Halfway)

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10/1: Mico (Starlite)

10/2: Avatar (Halfway)

10/5: Daniel Caesar (Rogers)

10/12: Elliott Brood, Shred Kelly (Starlite)

10/12: Godsmack (Rogers)

10/12: Skid Row, Buckcherry (River Cree)

10/12-23: Invoice Eddins performs Bach (Winspear)

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10/13: Bell Witch, Spirit Possession (Starlite)

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10/14: Tyler Hubbard (Halfway)

10/18: Fefe Dobson (Starlite)

10/19: Protest the Hero, Moon Tooth (Starlite)

10/20: 5 Alarm Funk (Starlite)

10/20: Valley (Rogers)

10/21: The Bouncing Souls, Anti-flag (Union)

10/22: Adekunle Gold (Halfway)

10/22: The Hockey Sweater (Winspear)

10/23: Martin Kerr (Winspear)

10/24: The Doobie Brothers (Rogers)

10/24: Jeremy Dutcher (Winspear)

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10/26: Folsom Jail Revisited (Jubilee)

10/26: Dope Lemon (Halfway)

10/27: Cooper Alan (Halfway)

10/27: Billy ExpertiseGOB, Calling all Captains and DJ Kwake (River Cree)

10/31: Ne Obliviscaris (Starlite)

11/6: Half Moon Run, Billie Marten (Halfway)

11/6: Bruce Springsteen (Rogers)

11/8: The Seashores (Halfway)

11/9: Portugal. The Man, Good Child (EEC)

11/10: KISS (Rogers)

11/11: The Tea Occasion, I Mom Earth (Halfway)

11/12: Shania Twain, Tenille Townes (Rogers)

11/12: Loreena McKennitt (Jubilee)

11/12: Vaughan and Mates Quartet Fest 2023 w/ Don Ross (Holy Trinity Anglican Church)

11/17: The Superb Sons, The Blue Stones (Rogers)

11/18: Skinny Pet (Halfway)

11/21: Depeche Mode (Rogers)

11/22: Charlotte Cardin (Halfway)

11/23: The Cat Empire (Halfway)

11/27: Meshuggah, In Flames (Halfway)

12/3: Vaughan and Mates Quartet Fest 2023 w/ Vertex String Quartet (Holy Trinity Anglican Church)

12/8-9: Handel’s Messiah (Winspear)

12/14: Tenille Arts (River Cree)


2/15-16: Star Wars: A New Hope – In Live performance (Jubilee)

4/26-27: Celeigh Cardinal w/ the ESO (Winspear)

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Via 7/23: Clusterflick: The Improvised Film (Mayfield)

7/29: RuPaul Werq the World (Jubilee)

Via 7/30: Reeling: Dance on Display screen (Mile Zero Dance)

Via 7/30: All people Goes to Mitzi’s (Varscona)

8/5: KHOJ (Triffo)

8/6: Peppa Pig’s Journey (Jubilee)

8/8-9/3: Freewill Shakespeare Competition (Edmonton Expo Centre)

8/12-9/10: Six – The Musical (Citadel)

Via 8/27: Wedding ceremony Singer 1999 (Jubilations)

9/2-3: Theresa Caputo (River Cree)

9/9: Душа народу – The Spirit of a Nation (Jubilee)

9/23-10/15: The Significance of Being Earnest (Citadel)

9/26-10/1: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Occasions of The Temptations (Jubilee)

10/6-21: A Phoenix Too Frequent (Studio Theatre)

10/21-11/19: Little Store of Horrors (Citadel)

24/1/19-2/15: Donna Orbits the Moon (Studio Theatre)

24/4/5-20: Sweet & The Beast (Studio Theatre)

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