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Above & Beyond  

Curated by Farnoosh Talaee

The selection I conceived is an inspiration from “Above & Beyond.” I naturally picked pieces that are more towards contemporary arts rather than craft and design expressions, especially those artworks that stepped further and endeavored new ideas, forms, perceptions, presentation, and overall were innovative. In my opinion, being creative on the one hand and working consistently, on the other hand, could be a foundation of artistic practice. 

Farnoosh Talaee is an independent curator, arts manager, and writer based in Toronto. Her curatorial practice explores the intersections of contemporary art with migration, diasporic identity, and decolonization, with an emphasis on art from the Mena region.
She has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Toronto; and the Art Dubai, UAE, alongside a number of commercial galleries in North America and the Middle East. 

Most recently, she was the guest curator at MOCA to curate a series of public programming regarding the Shirin Neshat exhibition, and currently, she is the co-founder/director of Mayten’s Projects, a curatorial platform and commercial gallery exploring new trajectories for arts in different forms, consisting of artist talks, round tables, performances, group and solo exhibitions, and a hub for experimental ideations.


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