OFFSITE: SANAZ MAZINANI | Vancouver Art Gallery

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  • Toronto-based artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a speculative garden comprised of native plants, sculptural water catchments and a series of glacier-like formations in All that Melts: notes from the future-past, the latest site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s public art space, Offsite.

    In this new work, Mazinani imagines the city of Vancouver in the year 2080, a time in which the rise of global temperatures will have melted glaciers around the world, causing ocean levels to increase dramatically and forcing coastal cities to adapt. In this dystopic future, Vancouver will be subject to significantly longer, drier and hotter summers―a climatic shift that will require fundamental changes in water consumption, conservation and urban infrastructure. This transformation will also alter the typical growing season, allowing certain species of flora to thrive and others to suffer.

    The walls demarcating Offsite are wrapped with photographic documentation of digitally augmented glacier form sculptures, contrasted with native flora from the surrounding area. Several vertical hanging and surface gardens have been cultivated around the water catchments and developed in collaboration with Hives for Humanity, a local non-profit organization committed to education and skill training with a deeper understanding and respect for nature and bee culture. The various plant species were selected based on their ability to grow in the fragile forecast of Vancouver’s climate in 2080. Over the duration of the exhibition the water catchments will gather rainfall to sustain the plant life.

    Spaced throughout the reflective pond are five sculptures that appear as glaciers, preserved cultural artifacts drifting in their own meltwater. These morphed versions of icebergs are integral figures in a geomythology of the future.

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