Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.

Sukaina Kubba, T80.0040, 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sukaina Kubba.

Sukaina Kubba

Greater Toronto Art 2024

Sukaina Kubba (b. Baghdad, Iraq) is an artist based in Toronto. Kubba’s practice is multidisciplinary and material-based, relying on storytelling, drawing, and drawing connections. One of her central research projects considers rugs and other high-trade textiles as historic objects, as traveling heirlooms and artifacts, and as carriers of many lives and miles. She is interested in how these fabrics are made, purchased, rolled, wrapped, transported, settled or acquired, displayed, and unfurled—in homes, deserts, ships, and museum collections. Kubba makes installations, sculptures, and drawings using industrial materials such as rubber, liquid latex, 3D filament, found thread, and reused packaging. Kubba’s work was presented for Mercer Union’s SPACE Billboard Commission (Toronto), and has recently been shown at the plumb, The Next Contemporary, and the Aga Khan Museum (all in Toronto), and in Scotland at the Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), Glasgow International Art Festival, and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

For GTA24, Sukkaina Kubba is creating a series of new wall-based sculptural drawings made from PLA filament. This particular series is traced from a Persian rug that has been in her family for generations. The fractured vignettes highlight narratives of travel and trade, migration, and relationship to land. | sukainakubba

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