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Omar Badrin


Sealer’s Interpretation Centre, Elliston
BORN Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   LIVES Toronto, ON

Omar Badrin is a transracial adoptee whose appearance was different from members of the Newfoundland community he grew up in. Perceived as an outsider, he uses his biography to explore race and cultural identity through sculptural artworks. Badrin has fabricated a series of exaggerated sculptural masks using the technique of crochet, a traditional Newfoundland craft. At once playful and haunting, Badrin’s masks have undertones of emptiness and absence. They are paradoxical elegies to belonging and acceptance, life and death. 

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and focuses on the construction and representation of cultural identity. Badrin was awarded the graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design at OCAD University in 2015. He has recently had solo exhibitions in Peterborough and Calgary and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Ontario and Newfoundland.