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Sophie Sabet: Since We Last Spoke

June 8 – July 10, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Since We Last Spoke is an autobiographical three-channel video installation exploring the intricacies and tribulations of a modern Iranian-Canadian home. This project is a personal exploration of the impact of displacement on my family due to migration, and the consequent interpersonal and cultural frictions. Each member of my family has been confronted with complex challenges, and my parents’ choice to relocate from East to West has fractured the harmony between our home and society. Over the years, our diverging struggles spawned from displacement have alienated us from one another, fragmenting the family.

These stresses endured by immigrant families such as ours are frequently overlooked. We are stripped of a familiar community, and left to navigate this strenuous process in isolation. My position as an insider within this family has allowed me to capture the honest and fragile moments that point to fundamental problems surrounding acculturation and displacement. Employing recorded discussions between family members and intimate video footage, Silent Conversations reveals a portrait of a family coping with the realities and consequences of immigration.




Event(s):

Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Wednesday, June 8
6:00–8:00 PM

Two images, a woman with long hair wearing blue and a man with grey hair wearing a polo shirt
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Sophie Sabet, still from Since We Last Spoke, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Installation Shots

Video still of a man in a polo shirt sitting
Fig. 1

Sophie Sabet: Since We Last Spoke (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still of a bed beside a three-panel window
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Sophie Sabet: Since We Last Spoke (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Video still of a woman with blonde hair looking to the side
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Sophie Sabet: Since We Last Spoke (installation view), 2016 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre