Join us on Thursday, June 3rd at 5pm, for a talk by Governor General's Award winner Zainub Verjee presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Verjee will speak on the Aga Khan Garden near Edmonton at the University of Alberta Botanical Garden, which was gifted by His Highness the Aga Khan. An extraordinary contemporary interpretation of Islamic landscape architecture in a northern climate. Inspired by some of the world’s foremost Islamic architecture and landscapes, it is designed by renowned landscape architectural firm Nelson Byrd Woltz. In the context of the exhibition Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci at the AGA, the talk will explore the meaning of landscape in the Arabic lexicology and its semantic valency in the Islamic culture. Further, it will foreground the idea of gardens as the leitmotif of landscape planning and its use in statecraft and diplomacy.
This talk is the first of our summer series on gardens and landscape architecture, being presented by the Poole Centre of Design at the AGA. This free program will be hosted virtually on Webinarjam and last one hour with a Q&A at the end of the presentation.
Zainub Verjee, a McLaughlin College Fellow, is an accomplished leader in the art and culture sector and over four decades has worked as cultural policy maker, and practiced cultural planning and cultural diplomacy. She has shaped culture policy at all levels of governments and contributed to the building of cultural institutions and organizations in Canada and internationally. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Galleries Ontario / Ontario Galleries in Toronto.
This series is presented as part of the Poole Centre of Design.
#AGAlive is presented by the EPCOR Heart + Soul Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts