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04.26.19 – 2019 Master of Visual Studies studio program graduating exhibition runs until May 18

An exhibition of thesis work by Masters of Visual Studies (MVS) students Dana Prieto, Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, Miles Rufelds, and Sahar Te is on display at the University of Toronto's Art Museum until May 18. The students, all in the their final year of the MVS studio program, celebrated the opening of the exhibition on April 17.

Pictured above: Charles Stankievech, director of the MVS program, with Dana Prieto, Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, Sahar Te, and Miles Rufelds. Photo by Dominic Chan

Dana Prieto is an Argentine artist and educator based in Toronto. Her work explores intimate and socio-political entanglements of mundane objects and rituals, manifesting through sculpture, installation, performance and writing. Prieto’s interdisciplinary practice inquires and invites to unsettle our ways of relating, thinking, making and consuming in the Anthropocene.
Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Toronto, who focuses on drawing, sound, light and performance. Her practice follows the philosophy and poetry of science, namely through astronomy. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, Italy, and Japan.
Miles Rufelds is an artist and writer based in Toronto. Rufelds’ interdisciplinary work weaves historical research with fictional, speculative, or narrative structures. Often working backwards from contemporary political-economic anxieties, his projects probe the technocratic systems connecting industry, science, ecology, and aesthetics.
Sahar Te is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice mobilizes methods that open up alternative realities and confront convention. Exploring the role of past narrativization as it shapes the future, Te’s interventions range from language and semiotics, social dynamics and ethics, to media studies and oral histories. Te’s projects engage in socio-political and techno-political discourses to understand hegemony within different power structures.

The MVS Studio program provides a rich environment structured around new approaches to visual art production, art theory, critical writing and professional practice. Students in the program explore increasingly complex modes of visual expression through combinations of text, image, movement, sound and dynamic new electronic media. Core courses focus on contemporary art practice and theory, and students have ample opportunity to develop skills in a variety of projects and media.

For more information, visit the MVS, Studio program page.

Exhibition photos top of page by Dominic Chan. 1) Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, 2) Dana Prieto, 3) Miles Rufelds, 4) Sahar Te