Curated by Arezu Salamzadeh, No Place explores core themes of identity, place, and desire. The exhibition showcases the landscapes and myths of the American Southwest, featuring fantastical sculptures, authentic saloon doors, cow-boy inspired artifacts and more.
In addition to the exhibition, Arezu will also be hosting a three-part drag karaoke series from October to December as her drag persona Rolls Rice.
Arezu Salamzadeh (she/they) is a queer, neurodivergent, mixed-race, Mississauga-based artist who creates objects, performances, music, and spaces for people to interact with and move through. They ask questions about nostalgia, selfhood, power, desire, and loneliness through a language of humor and play. She received her BFA, Honors, from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2016 and her Masters in Visual Studies, Honors, from the University of Toronto in 2022. They have since exhibited at galleries, museums, and unconventional venues throughout Canada, the US, Italy, and the UK. Overall, she shares a desire for a space to have discourse around multiple narratives of history, identity, and queerness.
Arezu was selected from the Museums call for BIPOC curator’s campaign, which aims to confront the legacy of cultural institutions as traditionally white, colonial spaces with Eurocentric curatorial practices, by facilitating an annual exhibition for local creatives who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or Person(s) of Colour). The project aims to address this feedback in an effort to create welcoming and inclusive facilities that showcase, and amplify the voices of the diverse Mississauga community.