April 4 – May 26, 2019
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

This two-channel video and sound installation by Afghan-Canadian artist Shaista Latif is an intervention and an attempt at empathetic critique. Commissioned by the Koffler Gallery to create a response to what resists explication, Latif confronts notions of appropriation and challenges the essentialization of Afghan culture by questioning the art world’s relationship to individual authorship and orientalism. In conversation with members of the Afghan community, learning the language of my enemies is a process-based work that will continue to evolve throughout the course of the exhibition. The artist will act as a conduit for investigating the languages of protest and invitation.

Presented in conjunction with Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft.


Image above: Shaista Latif, learning the language of my enemies (video still), 2019.