AFK | Exhibitions

ultrablue

Parastoo Anoushahpour
Reception

May 23rd, 7-10pm

Location
Ace Hotel Toronto

51 Camden St, Toronto, ON M5V 1V2

Street level entrance, elevator and ramp available. Accessible gender neutral and single occupancy washroom with automatic door.

For a map of Ace Hotel Toronto, click here

COVID-19 Policy

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The following guidelines will be in place: Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

The ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people unfolds through images and videos on our screens, and the dominant media invents terminologies to devalue the lives lost in struggle. I, as an artist predominantly working with moving images, find myself unable to move beyond the reality and the image of unjustified violence. Death is the image that surrounds us here, in our comfort, at a safe distance far away. I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their ongoing struggle for liberation. Freedom will remain an illusion until it is for everyone. –Parastoo Anoushahpour 


During her residency at Ace Hotel, Parastoo developed the installation ultrablue, the first iteration of an ongoing moving image project with the same title. The project explores the grave as a political locus for imagination and resistance, a material remnant of an ending that defies closure forming a significant part of a people’s collective consciousness.

Parastoo Anoushahpour, ultrablue, 202. Ink, Paper, Wheatpaste, Replicas of modular paper used for arranging flower bouquets for the dead. The original paper was purchased by the artist on 28 March 2024 from Behesht Zahra cemetery, Tehran, Iran.

Parastoo Anoushahpour

Parastoo Anoushahpour is an artist originally from Tehran, now based in Toronto, who works predominantly with film, video, and installation. Her recent work has been shown at the Plugin ICA, Berlinale, MoMA, The Flaherty Film Seminar, Punto de Vista Film Festival, Sharjah Film Platform, Viennale, NYFF, TIFF, Images Festival, IFF Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Experimenta in Bangalore, and Media City. Since 2013, she has developed a shared practice with Ryan Ferko and Faraz Anoushahpour.

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