Amin Alsaden

  • View of “ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ/Ruovttu Guvlui/Towards Home,” 2022–23, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Photo: Mathieu Gagnon.


    A SOFT GRADIENT BECKONS. Evoking sunrise across a gallery wall, its pale orange fades into a delicate blush of pink. The atmospheric hues, connoting a clear morning sky over an open landscape, serve as the backdrop for a humble wooden structure. A freestanding, zigzagging wall, it is bare on one side, while on the other, the skeletal construction suggests a fragment of an interior, an armature for a dense agglomeration of artifacts—parkas, mittens, boots, and other personal and domestic objects indicative of a colder climate. The tropes and trappings of conventional architecture are absent.