Athar / a Sending, solo exhibition at Franz Kaka gallery, presented in partnership with Images Festival 2023.
Yaldo collapses time and place to unearth historical and personal memories that have otherwise been dispersed, displaced or disembodied. Centring the form of the bowl or basket as a carrier and container for ancient traditions and cultural knowledge, Yaldo’s artefacts populate the site of an imagined archaeological dig where fragments of forgotten narratives are excavated, examined and catalogued.
In the projected installation Ascend (2023), a ladder appears just out of reach in a digitally rendered space that spills across the floor and wall of the gallery. Interrupted by an array of archeological tools, studio materials, utilitarian objects and ceramic sculptures, the scene oscillates between mythological and real, ephemeral and physical, lost and found. Accompanied by a suite of looping single channel videos and relief sculptures, Yaldo’s Athar / a Sending is in constant movement, shifting and evading fixed values and narratives while instead inhabiting a multiplicity of times and places, as well as the varied and contingent identities these might give rise to.
This project was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.