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February 5, 2023 to June 11, 2023 | Project Space, Screening Room, Leir Gallery

Hangama Amiri: A Homage to Home

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: A Homage to Home is curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Chief Curator.

Hangama Amiri was born in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan and lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Amiri received her MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking and her BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was a Canadian Fulbright and Postgraduate Fellow at Yale University School of Arts and Sciences. She has mounted solo exhibitions of her work nationally and internationally at the David B. Smith Gallery, Denver; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Albertz Benda gallery, New York; and T293 Gallery, Rome.



Generous support for Hangama Amiri: A Homage to Home is provided by The Coby Foundation. Significant support is provided by Kristina and Philip Larson. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Canada in New York. The catalogue is supported by the Eric Diefenbach and James-Keith Brown Publications Fund and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Production support is provided by the Diana Bowes and Jim Torrey Commissions Fund.

Related Events

December 15, 2022 | Member Tour

Hangama Amiri Studio Visit

Join a private studio tour with upcoming exhibiting artist Hangama Amiri, whose first solo museum exhibition opens at The Aldrich in February. Amiri combines painting and printmaking techniques with textiles, weaving together stories based on memories of her homeland and her diasporic experience.

February 4, 2023 at 3:00 pm | Exhibition Opening

Private Event | Exhibition Opening: Prima Materia, Hangama Amiri, and Kathleen Ryan

Invitation only. Members and friends, please join us for a first look at Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art, Hangama Amiri: A Homage to Home, and Kathleen Ryan: Head and Heart before the exhibitions open to the public.

February 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from our current exhibitions, guided by Museum Educator Holly Lapine, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above.

February 18, 2023 at 10:00 am | Third Weekend, Free Admission

Third Saturdays

Visit the Museum for FREE the third Saturday of every month. Participate in a Story Time at 10:30 am, an all-ages Discovery Tour of our current exhibitions at 1 pm.

February 18, 2023 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Kids: The Shape of Home

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will read The Shape of Home by Rashin Kheiriyeh and explore how Hangama Amiri uses textiles to tell stories of her homeland, Afghanistan. Then, we will move to the Museum’s Studio to create our very own fabric collages!

February 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour

From Hangama Amiri’s large-scale textiles and Kathleen Ryan’s larger-than-life sculptures to the varied works featured in Prima Materia, explore artworks big, small, and everything in between during this in-person tour of our current exhibitions guided by a Museum Educator.

Top image: Hangama Amiri, Bazaar, 2020, 168 x 312 inches, Cotton, chiffon, muslin, silk, suede, digitally woven textile, camouflage fabric, sari textile, inkjet prints on paper and canvas, paper, plastic, acrylic paint, marker, polyester, table cloth, faux leather, and found fabric. Courtesy of the artist