Libby Leshgold Gallery

The Libby Leshgold Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Shaheer Zazai’s, as part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program for Emily Carr University’s Urban Screen. The screening will run March 1 through June 30, 2023. is a digital work created specifically according to the parameters of the ECU Urban Screen, and incorporating data and metrics directly relating to the institution’s curriculum, student population and other statistical information. Stemming from Zazai’s long-standing interest in Microsoft Word as a creative medium, the work combines familiar word processing technologies with traditional Afghan carpet-making processes. Each "knot" in his designs is created by a typed letter; through a painstaking process of formatting and re-formatting, Zazai’s characters become elaborate compositions that reference design and textile histories—and the diasporic experiences interwoven with them.


Shaheer Zazai is an Afghan-Canadian artist with a current studio practice in painting and digital media. Zazai received a BFA from OCAD University in 2011 and was artist in residence at OCAD University as part of the Digital Painting Atelier in 2015. Zazai is a recipient of Ontario Arts Council grants and he was a finalist for EQ Bank’s Emerging Digital Artist Award in 2018. Zazai has exhibited at Capacity 3 Gallery, CAFKA Biennial 2019, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Double Happiness Projects and Patel Brown Gallery. Current and upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, an off-site group exhibition curated by The Power Plant Contemporary and a solo exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University.


The Urban Screen, located on the north-east wall of the Wilson Arts Plaza, is an initiative of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program in conjunction with the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. To date, the program has included the work of Barry Doupé, Dana Claxton, Marina Roy, Cole Pauls, Diyan Achjadi, Laiwan, Kandis Williams, and Frankie McDonald. The screen operates daily from 8am-9pm.



Canada Council for the Arts


Shaheer Zazai, Still from, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.