Wink*


Fatine-Violette Sabiri

September 10 - October 8, 2022

Editions

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Exhibition view with Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint,  36 x 24”
Exhibition view, Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 36 x 24”

Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint,  36 x 24” Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 36 x 24”

Detail: Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint,  36 x 24”Detail: Michèle au-dessus de Shahan et Moby, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 36 x 24”

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Exhibition view

Exhibition view
Exhibition view

Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”
Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”

Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”
Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”

Detail, Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”
Detail: Shahan a trouvé ce chandail parfait pour moi, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, 16 x 24”

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Laugh, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9”Laugh, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9”

Laugh, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9”Laugh, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9”

Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022,  Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads,  28 x 42”Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads, 28 x 42”

Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022,  Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads,  28 x 42”
Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads, 28 x 42”

Detail, Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022,  Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads,  28 x 42”
Detail: Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads, 28 x 42”
Detail, Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022,  Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads,  28 x 42”
Detail: Papa, Malika et ma guirlande de pain, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, curling ribbon, homemade and store-bought breads, 28 x 42”

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Exhibition view

 Sculpture improvisée dans la cuisine, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint,  6 x 9” Sculpture improvisée dans la cuisine, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9” 

 Sculpture improvisée dans la cuisine, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint,  6 x 9”
Sculpture improvisée dans la cuisine, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 6 x 9”

Gérald joue, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”Gérald joue, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”

Gérald joue, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”
Gérald joue, 2020, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”

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Exhibition view

Top: Le jardin de Mahad, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18” Bottom: Après l’ghda, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”
Top: Le jardin de Mahad, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”
Bottom: Après l’ghda, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”

Detail, Le jardin de Mahad, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18” and Après l’ghda, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”
Detail: Le jardin de Mahad, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18” & Après l’ghda, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”

Detail
Detail: Le jardin de Mahad, 2021, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18” & Après l’ghda, 2022, Polypropylene banner on melamine, acrylic paint, 12 x 18”

Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”

Detail, Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”
Detail: Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”

Detail, Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”
Detail: Winking, 2022, toy worm, glass bottle, found metal spiral, fork, fishing wire, wood, acrylic paint, hot glue, masking tape, 30 x 3”

Exhibition Text:

In times of need, laughter can be the best medicine—a welcome disruption from the challenges that punctuate our daily lives. From sarcasm and satire to cerebral witticisms, improv, dirty puns, and practical jokes, humour is a shapeshifting tonic.

Of its many forms, physical humour might be the most universal. Some might consider it grotesque or embarrassing, but this interpretation doesn’t account for the genre's prelinguistic resonance and involuntary reactions. Physical humour reminds us of the many things in this world beyond our control: the weather, the body, the way the ketchup slides out of a glass container. The fact of our material world’s unpredictability governs the tides of relation and empathy. On occasion, we find ourselves laughing when we ought to cry. Inappropriate laughter is a spontaneous, contagious, and healing force capable of soothing conflict, providing distraction and comfort in equal measure.

In her solo exhibition, Wink*, Fatine-Violette Sabiri presents a series of new works that emphasize the role of humour, play, and care in the artist’s visual landscape. A selection drawn from Sabiri’s ongoing autobiographical photography series, Monthly, investigates an instinctual improvisation demonstrated by parties on either side of the lens. Personal narratives emerge from her encounters with people and objects in her immediate surroundings to enliven an expanded ground of play. Both human and non-human subjects play a distinct role in shaping the image by generously revealing their histories and personalities to Sabiri as time unfolds. Documents of embodied gestures, tragicomic still-lives, and the occasional family portrait inhabit the gallery, forming a generous mosaic of intimacy determined through levity and theatricality.

Keeping with Joys’ commitment to iteration and process-driven projects, a selection of short experimental texts highlighting specific themes in the exhibition will be made available in the gallery as time progresses.

- Danica Pinteric

Price list available upon request via joys.danica@gmail.com.



Fatine-Violette Sabiri is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal working across photography and traditional tactile mediums. Her practice employs intuition toward examining personal narratives from encounters with people and objects. The resulting body of work emerges through an equilibrium of autobiography, storytelling, and improvisation. Wink* is Sabiri’s first solo exhibition in Toronto.