About          

PARASTOO ANOUSHAHPOUR, FARAZ ANOUSHAHPOUR, & RYAN FERKO have worked in collaboration since 2013. Their shared practice explores the tension of multiple subjectivities as a strategy to address the power inherent in narrative structures.


Over the last five years, the Toronto-based trio of Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko has brought their diasporic experiences to bear on a series of unique and fascinating projects for both the gallery and the cinema. Foregrounding place as a central aspect of their practice, the artists present location — whether it be Berlin, Taipei, Belgrade, Windsor, a village in Iran, or Cathedraltown in Markham — as cipher, and their work seeks to both decode these surroundings and trouble the image through speculative narration and dialectical imagery, which often oscillates between archival material and evocative location shooting.

–Chris Kennedy, TIFF


Communication is Masochism: an interview with Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko by Alexandra Gelis and Mike Hoolboom Feb. 4, 2018: http://mikehoolboom.com/?p=19920


Contact: parastoo.faraz.ryan@gmail.com





Recent          

Screening - Solo Program What the Complete Image Could Be: Works by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko // Toronto International Film Festival, Wavelengths year-round programming // Dec 4, 2018 // Info:https://www.tiff.net/events/what-the-complete-image-could-be-works-by-faraz-anoushahpour-parastoo-anoushahpour-and-ryan-ferko/

Festival Screening Chooka // Viennale // Nov 8, 2018 // Info: https://www.viennale.at/de/film/chooka

Festival Screening Chooka // Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Canada // Nov 10, 2018 // Info:http://mediacityfilmfestival.com/mcff23/international-competition-4/

Festival Screening Chooka // Projections, New York Film Festival, New York City, USA // Oct 6 & 7, 2018 // Info:https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2018/films/program-3-trips-to-the-interior/

Screening Chooka // Cinema Multiversal 3, Lisbon, Portugal // Curated by Ana Vaz, Sept 30, 2018 // Info: soon

Group Exhibition Contact Landings // Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario // Jul 20 – Sept 16, 2018 // Info: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/tourism-culture/thames-art-gallery/current-upcoming-exhibitions/contact-landing(s)

Artist Talk & Workshop Mercer Union, Toronto // Jun 3, 2018 // Info:https://www.mercerunion.org/events/session/

Festival Screening Chooka // Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland // Jun 26 & Jul 1, 2018 // Info:https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/2018/chooka

Screening - Solo Program Films by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko // Convivio, Oaxaca, Mexico // May 11, 2018 // Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1954340078214797/

Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // Nocturnal Reflections, MACAO, Milan, Italy // Apr 4 & Apr 11, 2018 // Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1954340078214797/

Festival Screening Heart of a Mountain // Fronteira Festival, Goiânia, Brazil // Apr 14, 2018 // Info:http://www.fronteirafestival.com/pt/filme/coracao-da-montanha-heart-of-a-mountain

Festival Screening Heart of a Mountain // European Media Arts Festival (EMAF), Osnabrück, Germany // Apr 19, 2018 // Info:https://www.emaf.de/de/Timetable.html

Festival Screening Heart of a Mountain // Peripheral Visions Film Festival, New York City // Apr 21, 2018 // Info: https://qubitmusic.com/visions

Screening Chooka // Jacques Madvo Commissioning Project, Revue Cinema, Toronto // Jan 23, 2018 // Info: https://lift.ca/programming/lift-debuts-films-artist-commission-madvo-collection

Residency Tabakalera // San Sebastián, Spain // September & October, 2017 // Project Info:https://www.tabakalera.eu/en/artists-space/artistic-residencies/residents

Festival Screening Heart of a Mountain // Toronto International Film Festival // Sept 10, 2017 // Info:https://www.tiff.net/tiff/heart-of-a-mountain/?v=heart-of-a-mountain

Exhibition Heart of a Mountain // TAV Taipei // Taipei, Taiwan // May 26-June 18, 2017 // Info soon

Exhibition Day Tours Into the Wild // 8eleven at Platforms Project // Athens, Greece // May 20–25, 2017 // Info:https://platformsproject.com/platforms/8eleven/

Residency Taipei Artist Village // Taipei, Taiwan // April - June, 2017 // Project Info:http://www.artistvillage.org/artist-detail.php?p=3933

Festival Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // Milwaukee Underground Film Festival // April 21, 2017 // Info: https://film-milwaukee.org/shorts-program-3/

Festival Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival // April 22, 2017 // Info:https://icdocs.wordpress.com/about/2017-program/

Festival Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver // May 10, 2017 // Info:http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/transference-shorts-program

Exhibition of movement and dwelling // Trinity Square Video // Toronto // January 13 – March 11, 2017 // Info: https://www.trinitysquarevideo.com/of-movement-and-dwelling/

Screening Bunte Kuh // Nocturnal Reflections, Milan, Italy // March 8, 2017 // Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1467674929940657/

Exhibition The Hum // SPACES & The Sculpture Centre // Cleveland, USA // November 11 – December 17, 2016 // Info:https://www.spacesgallery.org/project/the-hum

Festival Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // Projections, New York Film Festival // October 8 & 9, 2016 // Info:https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2016/films/projections-program-5/

Exhibition Like an Old Friend // Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography // Toronto // September 9 – October 15, 2016 // Info:https://gallery44.org/exhibitions/old-friend

Screening There is a Woman Texting in Front of the Dark Horse // Schalten und Walten, Colgone, Germany // October 14, 2016 // Info:http://www.schaltenwalten.com/

Screening Bunte Kuh // UNEXPOSED Microcinema, Durham, NC // September 30, 2016 // Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1100316100004635/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // WNDX Festival, Winnipeg // September 28, 2016 // Info:https://www.wndx.org/event/shorts-program-family-scrapbook/?instance_id=1459

Festival Screening Strange Vision of Seeing Things // World Premiere! // Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival // September 10, 2016 // Info: https://www.tiff.net/events/wavelengths-2-incantati/

Screening Bunte Kuh // La Lumière // Montreal // September 1, 2016 // Info:https://www.visionsmtl.com/northern-light.html

Exhibition Silos // Luminato Festival // Hearn Generating Station, Toronto // June 10-26, 2016 // Info: https://luminatofestival.com/2016-Program/Events/YTB-Gallery-Exhibition

Artist Talk Radiant Temperature of Openings // Image/Interface Symposium // Toronto // May 13, 2016 // Info:https://imageinterface2016.wordpress.com/panels-and-presenters/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen // Oberhausen, Germany // May 9, 2016 // Info: https://www.kurzfilmtage.de/?id=1736#c31595

Publication Touristic Anxiety // Sound Development City 2015 Catalogue // Spring 2016

Artist Talk Touristic Anxiety // Images Festival // Toronto // April 22, 2016 // Info:https://www.imagesfestival.com/calendar.php?event_id=1449&month=n

Screening There is a Woman Texting in Front of the Dark Horse // CineCycle // Toronto // March 5, 2016 // Info: http://pdome.org/2015/minority-report-films-of-colonization-and-abandonment-of-land/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival // Chicago, USA // March 5, 2016 // Info:https://www.onioncity.org/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Northwest Film Centre // Portland, USA // February 23, 2016 // Info:https://cinemaproject.org/archive/screenings/2016/spring/short-cuts-vii-space-time-being

Screening Bunte Kuh // Centro Cultural ALIAC // Mexico City, Mexico // February 19, 2016 // Info:http://codecfestival.mx/wordpress/

Exhibition Showroom // Justina M. Barnicke Gallery // Toronto // January 21 - March 5, 2016 // Opening Reception Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7-9pm // Info:https://www.jmbgallery.ca/ExShowroom.html

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // International Film Festival Rotterdam // Rotterdam, Netherlands // Februrary 2016 // Info:https://iffr.com/en/professionals/blog/as-long-as-it-takes-2016-short-film-selection

Exhibition Radiant Temperature of Openings: A Prologue // 8-11 Gallery // Toronto // December 9 - December 27, 2015 // Info:http://8eleven.org/radiant-temperature-of-openings-a-prologue/

Publication Blue Nights/Green Nights // PUBLIC 51: Colour // Winter 2015 // Info:http://www.publicjournal.ca/51-colour/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Codec Festival de Video y Creaciones Sonoras // Mexico City, Mexico // December 4, 2015 // Info:http://codecfestival.mx/page/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Experimenta Festival of Moving Image Art // Bangalore, India // November 28, 2015 // Info: https://experimenta.in/?page_id=2295

Screening There is a Woman Texting in Front of the Dark Horse // Mothlight Microcinema // Detroit // November 6, 2015 // Info:https://www.mothlightmicrocinema.org/minority-report/

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Antimatter Media Arts // Victoria, Canada // October 21, 2015 // Info:https://www.antimatter.ws/1021.html

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Projections, New York Film Festival // October 4, 2015 // Info:https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/daily/lineup-announced-for-projections-at-nyff53/

Site-Specific Screening Zen Tourism, or The Ancient Wall // Supported by Sound Development City // Athens, Greece // September 26, 2015

Screening & Performance Event Green Park, Athens, Greece // Sound Development City Event // September 24, 2015

Public Talk OMONOIA Round Table Discussion // Athens Biennale Speaker Series, Athens, Greece // September 22, 2015

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival // September 12, 2015 // Info:https://tiff.net/festivals/festival15/wavelengths/bunte-kuh

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Haverhill Experimental Film Festival // September 18, 2015 // Info: https://www.haverhillexperimental.org/

Residency Sound Development City 2015 // Belgrade, Serbia & Athens, Greece // September 2015 // Project Info: http://sound-development-city.com/now/en/participants-2015/ryan-ferko/

Exhibition Essay On Planting Flowers // Essay for "In the Dust of This World" Exhibition // YTB Gallery, Toronto // September 2015

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Media City Film Festival, Windsor & Detroit // July 28 - August 1, 2015 // Program Info:https://mediacityfilmfestival.com/mcff21/international-program-7/

Public Talk Delinquent History for the Leslie Street Spit // This is Paradise: Art & Artists in Toronto, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto // May 31, 2015 // Info

Group Exhibition Xpace Fundraiser 2015 // Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto // June 5-13, 2015

Festival Screening Bunte Kuh // Crossroads Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque // April 10-12, 2015

Public Installation PATH // Art Souterrain Festival / Nuit Blanche, Montreal // February 28 - March 31, 2015 // Info

Installation A Proposal for Ontario Place // Xpace Cultural Centre, External Space, Toronto // January 13 - February 17, 2015 // Info // Exhibition Essay

Screenings Openhaus Screenings // ZK/U Centre for Art & Urbanistics, Berlin // September 9, 2014 & October 23, 2014 // Project information:https://www.zku-berlin.org/residencies/119/ // Part I:https://www.zku-berlin.org/event/openhaus-25092014/ // Part II: https://www.zku-berlin.org/event/openhaus-23102014/

Group Exhibition To Be Destroyed // Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto // September 6 - October 26, 2014 // Exhibition Information: https://www.mocca.ca/exhibition/tbd/ // Press:https://canadianart.ca/reviews/2014/09/18/tbd-mocca/

Publication Delinquent History (For the Leslie Street Spit) // Interventions Journal, Columbia University, New York, Vol. 3, No. 3. // July 2014

Exhibition Masterful: Selected Graduate Work at Grad Ex // 49 McCaul Gallery, Toronto // May 1-4, 2014

Article "(Fake) Shipping (Real) Coal: On the Work of Ryan Ferko" by Alison Cooley // Kapsula Journal, Fail Again Fake Better Special Issue, May 2014

Solo Exhibition Delinquent History 
// Graduate Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto
 // April 3-6, 2014

Artist Talk (Fake) Shipping (Real) Coal // Fail Again, Fake Better Art History Symposium, York University, Toronto // March 14, 2014

Artist Talk Sunday Scene Speaker Series, responding to Mike Nelson’s “Quiver of Arrows” Exhibition // The Power Plant, Toronto // March 2, 2014

Publication Using Strategies as Tactics: Liverpool Waters and Irrationality in Banff // Stages: Journal of the Liverpool Biennial, Vol. 1, No. 1. // January 2014







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Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko