Self is a visual-poetic photo-based project that became a challenge to a skilled and educated immigrant after years of an unpleasant experience in Canada. The concept involved creating a visual book with five chapters using self-portraits and photographs and mixing them with Persian poems, sound and music. These chapters tell a story of identity and personal background to present time, life and its challenges, and finally a view of future. This is a visual study of personal and social identity and a philosophical and meditative approach to the problematic definition of identity and self.
About The Artist
Masoud Eskandari is an Iranian-Canadian visual artist who holds a BFA and MFA in Photography and an MFA in Documentary Media. His works have been exhibited in Iran and Canada. After decades of experience in street photography and large format photography, Masoud has moved to conceptual art and video installations using photographs, text, sound, and music. Philosophical and meditative approaches to visual language and communication are integral themes in his work.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.