Abbas Kiarostami in ‘Doors Without Keys’ at Aga Khan Museum

11th January 2016

21 NOVEMBER 2015–27 MARCH 2016

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

Prepare yourself for a journey through memory and imagination with this remarkable installation piece by acclaimed Iranian photographer, poet, and filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Walls and doors are both boundaries and barriers. Yet doors offer us hope of entry or of escape — hope for connection, for finding another world, for finding freedom. With this evocative premise, Abbas Kiarostami presents the world premiere of his installation piece, Doors Without Keys.

Photographed over two decades in Iran, Italy, France, and Morocco, these weathered doors have been witnesses to the many lives lived behind, through, and before them. Presented at life size on canvas, they are works of art that transcend their origins of time and place.

This is the first solo artist exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum and a rare opportunity for visitors to explore Kiarostami’s prolific multidisciplinary practice. Examples of Kiarostami’s tremendous achievements as a filmmaker will be shown throughout the exhibition’s run. A selection of his work will be screened in a space adjacent to the installation, and in early 2016 the Aga Khan Museum and TIFF will co-present a series of Kiarostami’s films in the Aga Khan Museum Auditorium and at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Image: Abbas Kiarostami, Snow No. 43, 2002, digital print on rag paper, 57 x 90 cm (22 ½ x 35 ½ in)