The Other End

My name is Golbon Moltaji, I am an Iranian born visual artist based in Ottawa, Canada. 

From the very young age of two, drawing is been my natural way of connecting with others; through arts I defy social and political restrictions of day to day. Influenced by Tehran's dynamic city vibes, I am an advocate of resistance urban art and massive installations in public places. In my ideal world, I will be leading "taking back the space" projects in dense and vibrant city centers. 

I obtained my first drawing and painting diploma from Tehran Musical School in 1992 before I went to primary school. One of my pieces on educational access was published in the most recognized comic weekly of Iran in 1997 (Gol Agha, children's edition).  I have received a number of participant appreciation awards from Iran’s national broadcasting agency (IRIB) and from the office of the president (former president Khatami) for my pieces on environmental issues in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

I moved to Canada in 2009 and in obtained a Comic Book Writing certificate from the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013 I published a series of comics for Canadian Bureau of International Education and had 5 solo and group exhibitions. My pieces have been adopted by Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) for various booklets and zines and I freelance for The Leveller both as a writer and cartoonist. I began DJ-ing from December 2015. Since then the controller, sound frequencies and tempos have become my most enjoyable companion. I initiated and DJ/host for Make Me Bad Mondays, a biweekly music session at UOttawa's Cafe Nostalgica (since January 2017) and play at occasional gigs around town. 

My objective for majority of my artistic presentations is to provide a non-conforming, provocative and feminine outlook to social phenomenon that often go unspoken, or are predominated by market-oriented, opaque and contradictory perspectives.

 

This Work is Licensed Under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Exhibitions

  • Maker Faire Ottawa happening at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne, Oct. 2016 (presented by Studio La Mouche)

  • Pagan Paisleys (Solo Exhibition), Café Nostalgica, May 2015, Ottawa , ON.

  • Immigrant Women Art Expo, (Collective), Hub Ottawa, November 2014, Ottawa, ON

  • 52 Hz, Solo Exhibition, Café Nostalgica, July 2014, Ottawa, ON.

  • Artist Against State Repression , (Collective), Café Nostalgica, May 2014, Ottawa

  • New Arts Festival,  (Collective), Central Park, April 2014, Ottawa, ON.

Relevant Experience:

  • DJ/Host Make Me Bad Mondays; biweekly deep techno show, Since January 2017, Cafe Nostalgica, Ottawa, Ontario

  • DJ, On View; Show Case Edition, Ottawa Arts Council Event, Nov. 2016, Pressed Cafe, Ottawa, Ontario

  • DJ, Assistant Event Coordinator, Alt 101 Week Music Show, Sep. 2016, GABBA HEY, Ottawa, Ontario.

  • DJ, Event Coordinator, Alt 101 Week Spoken Word Poetry Show, Sep. 2016, Cafe Nostalgica, Ottawa, Ontario

  • Actor, Choreographer, Communications Coordinator, Confessions of a Modern Day Penguin, Indie Production, Univeristy of Ottawa, Sep. 23rd to 27th, 2015. 

  • Children’s Art Instructor , Ottawa, Ontario, Sept.2014 – Feb. 2015

  • Illustrator and Visual Art Consultant (Volunteer), Aseman NGO, Montreal, Quebec, Jan. 2013 – June 2014

  • Communications/Operations Liaison, Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture, June 2014 – December 2014

  • Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), Contributing author, Jul. 2013 – Dec. 2013, One of my pieces on educational access was published in the most recognized comic weekly of Iran in 1997 (Gol Agha, kids edition).  Ottawa, ON: Illustrated and published a comic story on CBIE’s blog illustrating student life in Canada

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (2013 - Anticipated, 2017), University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

  • Comic Book Writing Certificate (2012), School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Master of Human Kinetics (2009 - 2011), University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

  • BSc, Physical Education and Sport Sciences (2004 - 2008), Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran