Babak Golkar is a Canadian artist, working and living in Vancouver, Canada. Born in Berkeley, US, 1977.


He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he moved to Canada. He obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and has exhibited in venues internationally since graduating. Selected solo exhibitions and presentations include All The Blind Men. Servais Family Collection, Brussels, Belgium (2019), The Exchange Project (La Collection Imaginaire), INCA, Seattle, U.S.A. (2016); Of Labour, Of Dirt, Sazmanab, Tehran, Iran (2014); Time To Let Go…, Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite, Vancouver, Canada (2014); Dialectic of Failure, West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, Canada (2013); Parergon, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. (2012) and Mechanisms of Distortion, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K. (2012).

Selected group exhibitions include Roadside Attractions - Made in Canada. Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canadá (2018), HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists. Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canadá (2017), Crisis of History – Beyond History, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015); Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2015); L’avenir, 9th La Biennale de Montréal, Musee d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2014); and Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2014). 





Through a variety of forms - including drawing, print, ceramics, sculpture and installation - Babak Golkar’s subjects of research have emerged from his interest in spatial analysis in relation to contemporary human conditions. Golkar has generated a practice steeped in the juxtaposition of disparate traditions and by extension, new forms and meanings emerge from re-contextualization.


A driving force behind recent projects has been a contention of perspective. Skewing the asserted certainty of perspective and questioning its formal grounds for reference, as well as subsequent ideological viewpoints, Golkar engages a critical inquiry into cultural and socio-economic systems. Exploring the physical position of the body in relationship to form, physical points of reference and spacial relationships, Golkar subsequently echoes social, cultural, political states of mind in his work.





2006     Masters of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia.

2003     Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.


Solo shows (selected)


2020    The Longer You Can Look Back, The Farther You Can Look Forward. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2019     The Elephant (an Intermission). Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2019    All The Blind Men. Servais Family Collection. Brussels, Belgium. (Curated by Kimberley Phillips).

2016     La Collection Imaginaire. Institute for New Connotative Action. Seattle, USA. (Curated by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas).

2016     A fair's day wage for a fair's day work. Edel Assanti. London, UK.
2016     In no particular hurry. Sabrina Amrani Galery. Madrid, Spain.
2016     The Exchange Project (La Collection Imaginaire). INCA (Institute for New Connotative Action), Seattle, U.S.A. Curators: Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas.

2014     L’avenir. 9th La Biennale de Montreal. Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal. Canada. (Curated by Sylvie Fortin).

2014     Of Labour, Of Dirt. Sazmanab. Tehran, Iran. (Curated by Elham Puriyamehr).

2014     The Return Project. Third Line Gallery. Dubai, UAE.

2014     Time To Let Go…. Vancouver Art Gallery: Offsite. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Diana Freundl).

2013     Dialectic of Failure. West Vancouver Museum. West Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Darrin Morrison).

2013     Ground for Standing and Understanding. VOLTA NY Featured Project. New York City, USA. (Curated by Michael Kaufmann).

2012    Parergon. Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum. Sharjah, UAE (Curated by Moza Ali Al Shamsi).

2012     Ground for Standing and Understanding. Charles H. Scott Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. Curated by Greg Bellerby).

2012     Mechanisms of Distortion (Commissioned installation). Victoria and Albert Museum. London, UK. (Curated by Salma Tuqan).

2012     Spatial Transformation. Hilger Contemporary. Vienna, Austria. (Curated by Michael Kaufmann).

2011     Parergon. Third Line Gallery. Dubai, UAE. (Curated by Sunny Rahbar).

2011     Parergon. C.S.A. Space. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Steven Tong).

2011     Black Cube: Moving Toward the Abstract Light. Sanatorium. Istanbul, Turkey. (Curated by Güher Gurmen).

2007     Then, Now and Then. Republic Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Pantea Haghighi).

2005     Dear Joseph: Happy 84th Birthday. Lobby Gallery. Vancouver, Canada, (Curated by Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson).

2003     The philosophy and science of mutation. Centre A Gallery. Vancouver, Canada, (Curated by Sadira Rodrigous).

2003     Throne. XENO gallery. Vancouver, Canada, (Curated by Mo Salemi).


Group shows (selected)


2020    Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2020    Crocodile Tear. Unit 17. Vancouver, Canada.

2019     Bienalsur 2019–International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Curated by Diana Wechsler). 

2018     Dérapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries. The Loft, Brussels, Belgium. (Curated by Dragos Olea).

2018.    Roadside Attractions - Made in Canada. (Curated by Jennifer Matotek) Dunlop Art Gallery and exhibited in Regina.

2018     Long, Winding Journeys. Katonah Museum of Art. NY, USA (Curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge).

2017     Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter. Boca Raton Museum of Art. Boca Raton, FL, USA (Curated by Garth Clark).

2017     N. Vancouver, The Polygon Gallery. Vancouver, Canada (Curated by Reid Shier).

2017     HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists. Aga Khan Museum. Toronto, Canada.

2016     Metatextile: Tuptured Narratives, Exchanged Values. Edel Assanti. London, UK.

2016     La Collection Imaginaire. Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA). Seattle, USA.

2016     Mass Individualism, Ab/Anbar, Tehran, Iran. Curator: Azadeh Zaferani.

2015     Crisis of History – Beyond History. Framer Framed. Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Curated by Elham Puriyamehr).

2015     Biennale di Venezia – 56th International Art Exhibilion – La Biennale di Venezia Settore Arte. Venice, Italy.

2015     Residue: The Persistence of the Real. Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

2015     Common Grounds. Museum Villa Stvck. Munich, Germany. (Curated by Verena Hein).

2015     Heaven and Hell. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain. Bruxelles, Belgium. (Curated by Diane Hennebert and Christophe Dosogne).

2014     L'avenir: La Biennale de Montréal (9th edition). Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal. (Directed by Sylvie Fortin, Curated by Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke), (October-February 2015).

2014     La Route Bleue. National Museum Adrien Dubouché. Limoges, France. (Curated by Etienne Blondeau and Céline Paul).

2014     Music Palace. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain. Bruxelles, Belgium. (Curated by Diana Wiegersma), (September-January).

2014     Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque. Institut du Monde Arabe. Paris, France. (Curated by Omar Saghi), (April-August).

2014     The Language of Human Consciousness. Athr Gallery. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Curated by Mohammad Hafiz), (July-Oct).

2013     La Route Bleue. Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain. Bruxelles, Belgium. (Curated by Diane Hennebert).

2013     Biennale Online. (Directed by Jan Hoet, Curated by Iara Boubnova).

2012     NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MONOCHROME. University of Iowa Museum of Art. Iowa City, USA, (Curated by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz).

2012     #COMETOGETHER. EOA Project. London, U.K. (Curated by Stephen Stapleton).

2012     Contemporary Iranian Art. New Albion Gallery. Sydney, Australia. (Curated by Doug Hall).

2012     COME INVEST IN US. YOU’LL STRIKE GOLD. BrotKunsthalle. Vienna, Austria. (Curated by Diana Wiegersma).

2012     Jameel Prize Exhibition. Casa Arabe. Madrid, Spain.

2011     The Bravery of Being Out of Range. Athr Gallery. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Curated by Aya Haidar).

2011     Roaming Images: Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. Greece. (Curated by Iara Boubnova).

2011     Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Institut du Monde Arabe. Paris, France.

2011     Jameel Prize Exhibitions. Victoria and Albert Museum. London, UK. (Curated by Salma Tuqan).

2011     Expositions. Blanket Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Natalia Tkachev).

2011     Tension. Hezy Cohen Gallery. Tel Aviv, Israel. (Curated by Yael Katz Ben Shalom).

2011     Art Dubai. The Third Line Gallery. Dubai.

2011     Art Beat. Istanbul Art Fair. Istanbul, Turkey. The Third Line Gallery.

2011     Istanbul Contemporary. Istanbul, Turkey. Hilger Contemporary.

2010     Time After Time. Southern Exposure. Los Angeles, USA. (Curated by Valerie Imus and Taraneh Hemami).

2010     The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Arario Gallery. New York City, USA. (Curated by Shaheen Merali).

2010     Frieze Art Fair. The Third Line Gallery. London, UK.

2010     Artissima. The Third Line Gallery. Turin, Italy.

2009     The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran. Galerie Hilger BrotKunsthalle. Vienna, Austria. (Curated by Shaheen Merali).

2009     ArtBasel-Miami. Hilger Contemporary. Miami, USA.

2009     Infinite Egress. Surrey Art Gallery. Surrey, Canada. (Curated by Jordan Strom).

2009     Nuit Blanche. Toronto, Canada. (Curated by Makiko Hara) (Public).

2009     Folter in der Kultur – Kultur der Folter. Artneuland Project. Berlin, Germany. (Curated by Yael Katz Ben Shalom).

2008     My Favorite Pastime, WL-Project. Hong Kong. (Curated by Kathrin Becker in collaboration with Silvia Anna Barirlà and Hanna Jacobi).

2008     Prequel. Gallery Atsui. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Wesley Cameron and Matt Robertson: Until We Have A Helicopter).

2008     Moodyville. Presentation House Gallery,.North Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Helga Pakassar).

2008     Orientalism and Ephemera. Centre A Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. / Kenderdine Art Gallery, Uiversity of Saskatchewan, SK. (Curated by Jamelie Hassan).

2008     Interior of Design. Republic Gallery. Vancouver, Canada. (Curated by Jordan Strom).




2020    ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2019     viennacontemporary. Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.

2019     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2018     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Torino, Italy.

2018     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2017     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussls, Belgium.

2016     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Torino, Italy. (solo show)

2016     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.




Davidoff International Art Residency. La Romana. Dominican Republic.


Curatorial projects


2013     Friendship of Nations. Slavs and Tatars. Presentations House Gallery. North Vancouver, Canada.

2012     Even the Stars Seem To Be Changing Their Position. Lyndl Hall and Erdem Taşdelen. Sanatorium Project. Istanbul, Turkey.

2006     The Wrong Gallery Edition #125. Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. (Co-Curated with Wes Cameron and Matt Robertson) Artists included: Instant Coffee, Hadley and Mawell, Henry Tsang, David MacWilliam, Mark DeLong, David Young, Étienne Zack.

2003     A-MEN. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD. Vancouver, Canada (Co-Curated with Sergio Toporek).




2015     Vali, Murtaza, “Babak Golkar: The Return Project,” Art Forum, January 2015 pg. 235.

2014     Dr. Daneshvari, Abbas. Amazingly Original: Contemporary Iranian Art at Crossroads. Mazda Publication. 2014.

2014     Turner, Michael. How It Is Made and Waht It Is Made Of: Babak Golkar’s Scream Pots. (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt).

2014     Dr. Sojoodi, Farzan. Perfection in imperfection: Dichotomies Deconstructed in Golkar’s Time to Let Go… (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt).

2014     Pouriyamehr, Elham. Of Labour, Of Dirt. (Catalogue Essay for Of Labour, Of Dirt).

2014     Kalsi, Jyoti. Put under a spell by the market. Gulf News. Oct. 30.

2014     Saghafi, Mohsen. Tandis Magazine (Farsi). Oct. 30.

2014     Bahman Siahmard, Fatemeh. Honar Online (Farsi). Oct. 20.

2014     Seaman, Anna. The Return Project, The National, U.A.E., October 2014.

2014     Griffin, Kevin C. Time to Let . . . Go with Babak Golkar’s terracotta vessels, Vancouver Sun, May 8.

2013     Laurence, Robin. Babak Golkar's Dialectic of Failure reconsiders the nature of craft. Nov. 26.

2013     Verster, Gina. A Mud-slinging Screamfest. Nov. 2.

2012     James, Gareth. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Art Forum, May 2012 pg. 318.

2012     Vali, Murtaza. Babak Golkar: Funny Frames, Harpers Bazaar Art, January 2012 pgs. 70-74.

2012     Laurence, Robin. Persian carpets rise in 3-D, Georgia Straight, 25 Jan 2012.

2012     Harris, Michael. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, Galleries West, 4 March 2012.

2012     Starnes, Jason. Negotiating Symbolic Space, Usurping the Big Other, catalogue essay.

2012     Boubnova, Iara. Grounds for Standing and Understanding, catalogue essay.

2011     Taşdelen, Erdem. The Logic of Parerga, catalogue essay.

2011     Lord, Christopher. Babak Golkar explores shifting meanings through picture frames, The National, U.A.E. 13 November 2011.

2011     Lord, Christopher. Jameel Prize 2011 shortlist develops art from craftwork, The National, U.A.E. 14 July 2011.

2011     Jameel Prize: Art Contemporian D’inspiration Islamique, Art Absolument: Numéro Spécial.

2011     Ibrahim, Dina. Architectural Psychology, ArteEast. (September 2011).

2011     Kiger, Rumeysa. Golkar’s installation takes visitors back to their childhood, Today’s Zaman, Istanbul. 12 June 2011.

2011     Utkan, Hatice. ‘Black Cube’ moves, freedom vanishes, Hurriyet. Istanbul, 2 June 2011.

2011     Güleşçi, Pırıl. Siyah küpün içinde ne var? (What’s Inside the Black Cube?), Haber Turk, Istanbul. 18 June 2011.

2010     Lee. Sasha M. Daily Serving (August 2010).

2010     Nateghi, Behnam. Voice of America interview. January 2010.

2009     Hurtig, Annette. An Extended Dérive in a Terrain Passional, The Capilano Review, pgs. 120-127, Spring 2009 issue.

2005     Witt Ryan. Portrait of an artist, Georgia Straight. 29 September 2005.

2005     Hampton, Maria. Metro Newspaper Vancouver.

2005     Burnham, Clint. Horses for Courses. Vancouver Sun.

2005     Harris, Elayne. Horses For Courses: We Are Sorry. Catalogue essay.




2017     Sobey Awards- Long list. Ottawa, Canada.

2016     Davidoff International Art Residency. La Romana, Dominican Republic.

2011     Nominated and shortlisted for The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize. London, U.K.

2011     Nominated and shortlisted for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize. London, U.K. Co-presented by The Royal College of Art, Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s Auction house.

2010     Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant. Ottawa, Canada.

2010     British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada.

2009     British Columbia Arts Council Production Grant. Victoria, Canada.

2006     VADA Award. Vancouver, B.C.

2004     B.C. Binning Drawing Scholarship. Vancouver, Canada.

2003     Helen Pitt Award. Vancouver, Canada.


Public Collections


Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada)

Arter (Turkey)

The Royal Collection (Sheikh Zayed) (UAE)