A Homage to Home

LocationThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
DateFebruary 5 - June 11, 2023
Afghan Canadian artist Hangama Amiri combines painting and printmaking techniques with textiles, weaving together stories based on memories of her homeland and her diasporic experience. Amiri fled Kabul with her family in 1996 when she was seven years old. Moving through numerous countries over several years, they immigrated to Canada in 2005 when Amiri was a teenager. Amiri’s choice of materials stems from autobiographical origins—her mother taught her to sew and her uncle was a tailor. Her textiles also reference the colors and fabrics she remembers in the bazaars and on the streets in Kabul. She sources her materials from an Afghan-owned shop in New York City’s fashion district, collaging with fabric and painting on the surfaces. Large-scaled with frayed edges, Amiri’s textile works are made from layering fabrics, piecing and sewing them together, so the fragments collectively characterize her home from a distance. Centered on the lives of women, she builds interiors that capture her protagonists within domestic and entrepreneurial spaces and amplify a collective struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan and around the world.

This exhibition is the artist’s solo museum debut and will unveil a new body of work specially made for The Aldrich. It will span the entirety of the Museum’s first floor galleries and will be accompanied by the artist’s first museum publication, with an essay by the exhibition’s curator, Amy Smith-Stewart.
Hangama Amiri

Azizi Tailor Shop

muslin, cotton, leather, suede, clear plastic, polyester, silk, velvet, faux leather, wool, and found fabric
304.80 × 243.84 cm (120 × 96 inches)
Hangama Amiri

Brides Beauty Parlor #1

muslin, cotton, chiffon, polyester, leather, suede, iridescent paper and found fabric
121.92 × 213.36 cm (48 × 84 inches)
Hangama Amiri

New Born Baby Girls

muslim, cotton, polyester, chiffon, suede, leather, faux leather, color pencil on fabric, shoe lace, clear vinyl and found fabric
213.36 × 304.80 cm (84 × 120 inches)
Hangama Amiri

Arayeshgah-e Shahre Aroos/Brides Beauty Parlor

muslin, cotton, polyester, velvet, chiffon, silk, leather, suede, ink jet silk print, paper, postcard, iridescent paper, clear vinyl, denim and found fabric
213.36 × 548.64 cm (84 × 216 inches)
Hangama Amiri,Bazaar, 2020
Hangama Amiri


cotton, chiffon, muslin, silk, suede, digitally woven textile, camouflage fabric, sari textile, inkjet prints on paper and canvaspaper, plastic, acrylic paint, marker, polyester, table cloth, faux leather and found fabrics
427 × 793 cm (168 ⅛ × 312 ¼ inches)
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Hangama Amiri


muslin, cotton, polyester, clear vinyl, iridescent paper, faux leather, iridiscent fabric, chiffon, inkjet silk print and found fabric
167.64 × 182.88 cm (66 × 72 inches)

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, photos by Jason Mandella

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