Open Table: Omid Asadi & Katy Shahandeh in conversation

16 January 2024 / 6.30pm - 8.30pm

This is an in-person event at Castlefield Gallery.
£3  / limited free tickets for anyone on a low-income and for Castlefield Gallery Associates.
Please pre-book here

For the third event in our partnership with Corridor8, a journal for contemporary art and writing in the North, we have invited academic and researcher Katy Shahandeh to produce a text responding to Castlefield Gallery’s current exhibition of Omid Asadi’s work. Katy will be discussing her text in conversation with Omid at Castlefield Gallery. Asadi and Shahandeh will draw from Shahandaeh’s text and her research interests in order to open up a discussion around the thinking behind the work in the exhibition. Despite the personal inspiration behind the work, Asadi hopes that it will resonate with the diverse range of memories, histories and knowledge that visitors bring to the exhibition.

The commissioned response will then be published in Corridor8, contributing to a growing series of texts that explore and reflect upon the gallery’s exhibition programme. Previous commissions in the series can be read online here:

Open Table no 1: Bryony Dawson & Elysia Lukoszevieze — Corridor8

Open Table no 2: Enya Koster, Grace Collins & George Gibson — Corridor8

Find out more about the exhibition here

At the start of the event there will be a brief opportunity to see the exhibition.

Katy Shahandeh is a British-Iranian academic and researcher affiliated with SOAS, University of London. Her scholarly focus centres on contemporary Iranian women artists and the complexities of gender and identity in their works. Her academic interests cover non-Western art, notably Iran, and include feminist art histories, gender, and postcolonial studies. She examines how gender and cultural identity influence art in non-Western contexts, particularly Iran, and explores the impact of colonial legacies on cultural expressions. Her work aims to give voice to marginalised perspectives and broaden the understanding of non-Western art and gender issues.

Image: Omid Asadi, Resonance and Remnants (2023). Photo by Jules Lister