Sea Change: Artworks from the Perspective of a Transracial Adoptee
IAMD Thesis Exhibition
April 11-14, 12-5 PM daily
Opening Reception Friday April 10th from 6-9 PM
OCAD U Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Level G
Sea Change: Artworks from the Perspective of a Transracial Adoptee is the title of the thesis exhibition by IAMD MFA candidate Omar Badrin. Badrin, who was born in Malaysia but raised in Newfoundland, uses his own autobiography to explore race and cultural identity. His crocheted artworks act as signifiers for Newfoundland culture by referencing the province’s lively craft tradition. Badrin initially incorporated craft as a way of finding a sense of acceptance into said culture. Over the course of his art-making practice, however, he realized that the desire to belong is perpetual one, with no permanent resolution. As a result, rather than questioning where he belonged, Badrin decided it would be more productive to examine where he is now and to embrace this space as an Otherness.